Hailing from El Paso, Texas, Marliza Anahi Marin-Rabara is a first-generation college student with a diverse academic background, holding undergraduate degrees in History, Political Science, and Psychology from Texas State University. Her commitment to addressing societal challenges, particularly in areas such as immigration, is deeply rooted in her personal experiences as the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Here, she tells us about her academic and professional journey, which includes active engagement in several civic and policy-related activities, and her future plans and aspirations to create a more equitable Texas.
What drew you to pursue a degree in public policy/attend the LBJ School?
I was drawn to pursue a degree in public policy and attend the LBJ School because of my deep-rooted passion for addressing the pressing issues facing our society. Growing up as the daughter of Mexican immigrants and witnessing the challenges and disparities faced by marginalized communities firsthand, I felt compelled to actively engage in policymaking to drive positive change. The LBJ School's renowned faculty, rigorous curriculum, and emphasis on practical experience made it the ideal place for me to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to effect meaningful change in public policy.
"My recent journey into motherhood has ignited a profound motivation within me and strengthened my commitment to building a more equitable and inclusive future for my daughter and all Texans."
Are there any personal experiences or stories that have driven your interest in public affairs?
My background serves as a profound source of inspiration for my active engagement in public policy. Additionally, my recent journey into motherhood has ignited a profound motivation within me and strengthened my commitment to building a more equitable and inclusive future for my daughter and all Texans.
Tell us about your academic and professional journey.
I left El Paso in 2015 to attend Texas State University, where I earned my Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science, Psychology, and History. During my time at Texas State, I became actively involved in the Beto for Texas senate campaign in 2018, contributing to the historic achievement of flipping Hays County blue for the first time since 1992. Following the campaign, I embarked on a journey with an organization dedicated to empowering underrepresented youth communities through civic education, leadership development, and issue advocacy: MOVE Texas. In 2020, I transitioned from the voting rights arena to join the Texas Homeless Network, a non-profit organization committed to helping communities strategically plan to prevent and end homelessness through data collection, research, and advocacy efforts. Two years later, I commenced my pursuit of a Master of Public Affairs degree at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. Simultaneously, I hold the position of Election Protection Manager at Common Cause Texas, where I work tirelessly to ensure that every eligible Texan who desires to vote can do so without encountering obstruction, confusion, or intimidation.
"I hold the position of Election Protection Manager at Common Cause Texas, where I work tirelessly to ensure that every eligible Texan who desires to vote can do so without encountering obstruction, confusion, or intimidation."
Are there any specific policy areas or issues that you are particularly passionate about and why?
I am especially passionate about voting rights, immigration, reproductive justice, and houselessness.
What are your future plans and aspirations?
In the years ahead, my aspiration is to serve as a positive force within my community. I aim to contribute my time, skills, and energy to uplift and support those around me, working towards creating a more equitable Texas.
What's your favorite food?
What's your favorite movie?
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
What are your hobbies?
Sewing and DIYing