Ms. Venegas was born in Quito, Ecuador. She grew up in the north side of Chicago in the neighborhood of Irving Park. Ms. Venegas earned a B.A in Political Science with a focus in urban studies and a minor in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Before joining ICIRR, Ms. Venegas served as a youth leader at the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, focusing on immigrant trauma in DACA youth. In her previous role, she also helped pass Online Voter Registration and Election Day Registration while a Democracy Corp fellow at Chicago Votes. Ms. Venegas enjoys helping her community on her free time, she volunteers to help Legal Permanent Residents fill out their citizenship application at Erie Neighborhood House.