Aurora earned her undergraduate degree in History and Chicana/o Studies from the University of California Los Angeles. After a decade in New York City, Aurora is back in LA, pursuing her M.S. in Social Entrepreneurship at USC’s Marshall School of Business.
While living in New York, she worked with non- profit organizations and museums, including El Museo del Barrio where she managed family programming and city-wide cultural celebrations. In 2008, Aurora founded La Casa Azul Bookstore, a platform to feature writers and artists of color. The White House recognized Aurora as a Champion of Change based on her experience as an entrepreneur that pioneered the use of crowdfunding. The Champions of Change program highlights the stories and examples of citizens across the country who are "Winning the Future" with projects and initiatives that move their communities forward.
She has over 15 years of experience in outreach, audience engagement and programming, with an emphasis on creating and supporting spaces that foster the visual, literary and performing arts in underserved neighborhoods. Aurora is passionate about the arts and their ability to activate public spaces to develop stronger communities.
Aurora has been featured in The New York Times, NBC, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Colorlines Magazine, Telemundo and Univision for her work in the Latino community. When she is not thinking about how to address social issues, Aurora is exploring local museums, rediscovering LA, or curled up with a good book.