Myriam M. Valdez is the Legislative Director for State Senator Melissa Hurtado. Prior to this role, Myriam was with Health Access, where she advocated for issues related to Medi-Cal, budget proposals, prescription drugs, and oral and public health. Myriam was formerly a Legislative Aide for Senator Holly J. Mitchell, staffing Health, Education, Labor, Housing, and Immigrant issues. She currently serves as a Board Member for California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, an organization committed to reproductive health and rights of Latinas/xs. Prior to her legislative work, Myriam interned for Congressman Jim Costa and worked as a Program Manager for the Chevron STARS Program, which aims to help “high potential, low opportunity” students succeed. Myriam has helped organize the annual mentorship program for the Women's Policy Summit, served as a mentor for the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project (CLYLP), and mentored for the Sacramento Puente Project. She graduated from CSU Bakersfield with honors, is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, and a former Senate Fellow.