Emma Naranjo-Larios immigrated with her mother from Mexico when she was 11 months old, to join her father and family in the United States. She was raised and lives in South Central Los Angeles. The amazing support of her college counselor at Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet helped her attend California State University, Los Angeles getting grants and scholarships to pay for all of her education. In 2006 she received a Spanish BA and minored in Chicano Studies. She began to work with LAUSD in 2005 in El Sereno. She always wanted to help families and students receive the same support she was grateful to receive from educators. She also attended Los Angeles Trade Tech College in 2006 to take Child Development courses while pregnant with her first child. She began working at New Los Angeles Charter School in 2011, and has enjoyed seeing many of the students, families and educators that make New LA an amazing place. In 2015, she moved to Denver and worked for 3 years with Denver Public Schools where she was able to develop an understanding of restorative justice approaches and servicing the whole child. Moving back to Los Angeles in 2018, she knew she wanted to return to New LA because of the bond she has with the community. Besides being a lifelong learner, her passions include sports, helping and donating to several organizations and encouraging students to obtain and use their advocacy skills.