Manifesto is a storytelling platform that bears witness
to the Latina experience, strengthens inter-generational ties,
and empowers Latinas to become the authors of their own stories.

Mi historia means my history; it also means my story. Marginalized and silenced by economic insecurity, racism, gender norms, trauma, language and legal status, we Latinas have faced challenges with strength, resilience, beauty, dignity, ingenuity, creativity—and stories. Our stories foster community, build support for social justice struggles, and are a part of history.

The idea for MiHistoria was born in 2010 with the Chicana/Latina Foundation’s The Power of Storytelling workshop. Along the magnificent northern California coast with its windy beaches and rugged pines, we convened a small circle of artists, activists, students and scholars to listen and to speak. Every story written and spoken evoked healing, inspiration and action. Each one mattered. We sensed the vast potential of untold stories and the transformative power of sharing them. The story circle became and has been growing ever since.

Your story matters. Will you share it with us?

  • For more information about MiHistoria’s story circles and facilitated workshops, contact us at
  • To share your story online, visit Tell Your Story and follow our easy instructions.

MiHistoria’s Team

Albertina Zarazúa Padilla Albertina Zarazúa Padilla is Curator for MiHistoria’s Story Archive and Facilitator for our workshops. Born to a farmworker family in Monterey, California, she attended Mills College, where she became student body president. Albertina was a classroom teacher for over 20 years and an Oakland Education Association union representative. She has served as a mentor for the National Latina Health Organization, board member of the Clinica de la Raza, and member of the Teacher Advisory Board of the Oakland Museum of California.
María X MartínezMaría X Martínez is Co-Curator of MiHistoria’s Gallery and serves on the board of the Chicana Latina Foundation, a 35-year old organization supporting amazing women in their educational goals. She spearheaded CLF’s Leadership Institute and helped develop the storytelling workshop. María is an administrator with the San Francisco Department of Public Health and, as a long-time community arts advocate, devotes her time and efforts to support projects that make beautiful, public, and purposeful art.
Andrea ValenciaAndrea Valencia works as a translator at Square. Previously, she worked at Mission Local, a bilingual news website based in San Francisco’s Mission District, as a translator and reporter. She has a certificate in court interpretation from the College of Extended Learning at San Francisco State University. Andrea is passionate about language and stories as a means to discover the world and foster understanding. Sharing stories of the immigrant experience inspires her work with MiHistoria.
Andrea Coto cropAndrea Coto was born in San Francisco, California, but grew up in El Salvador. Before immigrating  to the United States, she earned a Civil Engineer Technician diploma from the ITCA- FEPADE. Currently, she is majoring in Science, Technology and Latin American Studies at City College San Francisco, and is the recipient of a scholarship from the Chicana Latina Foundation. In addition to  translating stories for MiHistoria, Andrea works in a public high school, putting into practice her  belief that knowledge is power.
Neus Valencia photo cropNeus Valencia works in Mexico City for different translation agencies specialized in pharmaceutical and legal translation. She concluded her Bachelor’s Degree in Translation and Interpreting with a major in Technical Translation and now she is pursuing a degree in Law in the Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM). She is very much interested in the roll of a mediator in modern society, especially in the relationship generated between nations, which is reflected in the language, culture and government structure.
Laurie CoyleLaurie Coyle is the web producer of She is a filmmaker whose last documentary was broadcast on the PBS series American Masters. Laurie is currently making Adios Amor, a documentary about a 1950’s migrant mother activist. Laurie also works as a writer and story consultant, and has mentored students through the Chicana Latina Foundation. Before becoming a filmmaker, she did her undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley and co-authored a book about Mexican American garment strikers on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Elvis MurksElvis Murks is a web developer and designer based in San Francisco who works closely with filmmakers to build their online presence. He has been working with the local filmmaking community for over 10 years and has built many websites helping promote new films or launch production companies. Elvis is also a filmmaker, and has served as writer, director and editor on a number of corporate and short projects.