Mayra grew up in East Los Angeles and currently lives in Pasadena, CA, serving on pastoral staff of Lake Avenue Church, a large congregation that has been at the same location for 120 years. She has spent the past 16 years leading in her local community and inspiring and casting vision for Kingdom-neighbor-loving. Her experience and passions range from youth and leadership development, non-profit management, cross sector collaborations for community transformation, organizational dynamics, race & faith, and the challenges women and minorities in church leadership. She identifies her calling as prophetic-activist pastoral ministry in the church and public square. She is the current Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Christian Community Development Association. A primary focus of her current ministry is mentoring younger leaders of all racial/ethnic backgrounds. She is married to Chris and they have four children ranging from a 5-yr-old to newlyweds.