Mayra González Menjívar
Mayra González Menjívar is a project associate in the Office of the President at The Education Trust. Previously, Mayra worked as an intern for Ed Trust’s Communications team, and as a camera operator for the Distance Learning program at the NYU School of Law. Mayra is a first-generation Salvadoran immigrant and was raised on the East End of Long Island, New York.
Mayra holds a B.S. in media culture and communications from New York University’s Steinhardt School with a minor in Latino Studies from the College of Arts and Sciences. During her time at NYU, Mayra served as a student leader as director of communications for her residence hall’s student council and served on the committee to plan the Latino/a Graduation through NYU’s Center for Multicultural Education and Programs (CMEP).
Favorite Sports Team
The U.S. Women’s Olympic gymnastics team.
Becoming the first in my family to earn a college degree.
What are people most surprised to learn about you?
English is actually my second language.
What drew you to education?
As a first-generation immigrant, I knew from a young age that my parents decided to immigrate to the U.S. to provide our family a path to more opportunities. They made it very clear to me that those opportunities would rarely present themselves without a good education. I showed a passion for the subjects I was learning in school and I was lucky enough to have amazing teachers that encouraged my growth as a student and person from K-12. As a DACA recipient, education is the foundation for everything I have been able to accomplish thus far and all the goals I have in mind for my own and my family’s future.