Catherine was born and raised in the Inland Empire and graduated from California State University, San Bernardino. While there, she came to understand that many students shared similar experiences because they also were first generation students. Catherine chose to serve with Promise Scholars as an AmeriCorps VIP Fellow because the program provided universal college-access to a community close to her own. Through her service, she developed a passion for helping students realize that college is a place for them. In her free time, she enjoys staying active, spending time with her two dogs, discovering new places to eat, and going on trips.