Joca Marquez

San Marcos City Council, Place 5

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Joca Marquez grew up in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV), of Texas (which borders Mexico). Joca Marquez, a First Generation Indigenous Latina/ Chicana, completed her graduate research and taught high school science in the RGV area. She has participated in National Hispanic Institute (NHI) and the Equal Voice Network- a grassroots coalition of direct service and social change groups.

Dr. Joca Marquez is a maverick for her community, family, and future generations! She has been actively involved with the Hispanic Policy Network (Texas State University), the youth program at her church Roca Eterna, Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, Mano Amiga (Immigrant Rights/Protection and Direct Action), and Calaboose African American History Museum. The lack of Indigenous Latina/Chicana representation in municipal elected offices, especially in central Texas, was a call to action for Joca. Too many times Latina/Chicana voices get ignored or go left unheard and our communities are left to suffer. With a specific focus on environmental health and justice, Joca is committed to maintaining water quality in her community as San Marcos is a nodal point of many important aquifers and rivers for much of Texas. Other major areas of focus include criminal justice reform, defending communities from gentrification, Immigrant rights, access to affordable housing.

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