Originally from Guanajuato, Mexico, Ivette grew up in California’s central valley after immigrating to the U.S. with her mother at the age of 7. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis, with double majors in Psychology (Social-Personality emphasis) and Chicano/a Studies (Social-Policy emphasis). She then earned her Juris Doctor degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law where she distinguished herself as a Criminal Law Fellow, a published scholar on violence against women, and with her work at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., Immigration Center for Women and Children, San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, ABA Immigration Justice Program, and San Diego Superior Court’s criminal division. Ivette also studied International Human Rights and International Family Law in France at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, Faculté de Droit et Science Politique. Before pursuing law school, she aided families in need and conducted child abuse investigations in Sacramento County where she won several awards for her efforts in the Latino community. Ivette is an active member of several committees and has co-founded and served as President of numerous organizations. She is currently an Associate Attorney for Arata Swingle Sodhi & Van Egmond, focusing on family law, immigration, and civil litigation.