Mily Treviño-Sauceda (she/her/hers) is the Executive Director & Co-Founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Inc. She is also known as one of the founders of the farmworker women’s movement in the U.S. Since the late 80s, she has assisted Líderes Campesinas as a Member Recruitment and Orientation Coordinator. Treviño-Sauceda co-founded “Mujeres Mexicanas” in Coachella Valley and with support from the California Rural League Assistance Foundation, she co-founded Líderes Campesinas, in 1992, the first state-based farmworker women’s grass roots organization. Treviño-Sauceda served as the Executive Director of Líderes Campesinas over 12 years and became President of Emeritus of the organization.
Born in Bellingham, Washington to a migrant farmworker family, she is the third of ten children. She worked in agricultural fields since age eight; and became a union worker organizer with the UFW in the 70s. As a single mom, she raised her son Humberto, who’s name means “the son of the community.” In 2011, she co-founded Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, the first national grassroots-based farmworker women’s organization. She earned a Bachelors’ Degree in Chicano Studies with enough credits for a Minor in Women Studies at Cal State Fullerton too and got her Master’s Degree in Social Sciences: Rural Development, Capacity Building, Women’s Leadership, and Oral History from Antioch University.
Treviño-Sauceda has won numerous awards for her tireless efforts, including “100 Heroines of the World” in 1998, the “Sister of Fire” Award in 2003, and The Ford Foundation & NYU award “Leadership for a Changing World” in 2004. People Magazine recognized her twice and Líderes Campesinas honored her 30+ year’s distinguished leadership in 2009 & 2018. She won The Cesar Chavez Legacy Award in 2015 & 2018 and was named as one of nine laureates given the Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life in 2016 by World Women Summit Foundation. In 2018, she became part of Novo Foundation’s fourth Cohort of the Movement to End Violence; she won the “Ingenuity Award: as Social Progress” by Smithsonian in 2018, and does her best to embody the spirit and work as a Feminist of The Frederick Douglass list of 200, in 2019.