Yadira was born and raised in Riverside, California and attended the University of California, Riverside, where she earned a Bachelors of Art in Psychology with a minor in Ethnic Studies in 2015. During her time at UC Riverside, Yadira learned to privilege connectivity and social justice. This passion was further developed during her time as a Applied Behavioral Analysis interventionist, working with underserved children living with Autism. During this time, she volunteered as a translator and advocate for marginalized populations seeking free legal council and conducted research on children of incarcerated minorities.
Soon after, Yadira moved to San Diego, California to eventually earn her Masters of Science in Counseling with an Emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from San Diego State University in 2018. During her time at SDSU, Yadira interned at the Center for Community Counseling and Engagement working with culturally diverse populations and at Kickstart San Diego serving young adults experiencing symptoms of psychosis. Through these experiences, she developed a strong desire to work with resilient individuals and is excited to continue doing so with Mending Matters.
Yadira enjoys spending time with her dog and family, rockclimbing, and exploring the outdoors.