Maxine Jimenez was born in San Pablo City in the Philippines. At the age of 8, she moved to Highland Park in Northeast Los Angeles. She went to Franklin High School and joined the ACE Action Fellowship during her senior year. She is a Women in Green Forum Youth Trailblazer Award winner and was recently honored alongside Dolores Huerta for her exemplory youth leaderhship on climate change.
While in high school, Maxine created the School Alliance Committee in her local neighborhood council to connect her school with the surrounding community. Maxine organized community clean-ups, tree care events, tree adoptions, and a green forum. While in high school, Maxine traveled to the the California State Capitol to advocate for SB 32 to expand on California’s landmark climate change bill AB 32 by requiring California to reduce its emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.
Maxine is a trained Climate Leader with Climate Reality Leadership Crops, having attended a 3-day training in Iowa led by Al Gore. Towards the end of her high school career, through a partnership with ACE, she became a part of the nonprofit organization Young People For in order to continue her work as an activist, and to create a blueprint for climate action.
Maxine attends the University of California, Santa Cruz and is double majoring in Politics and Community Studies. She was recently elected student body president and is currently working on a blueprint to create better ways to manage food waste on campus by donating excess food to nonprofits that can distribute it to homeless populations in Santa Cruz. She is also working on a campaign to create more awareness about how students can divert waste from ending up in landfills.
During her free time, she likes to hike, work out, sing, garden, ride her bicycle, and cook. In the near future Maxine is looking forward to engaging younger students to become active voices regarding environmental issues, and one of her long-term goals is to become an expert in creating easier ways to live sustainable lifestyles in urban settings.