Maramawit Abera was born and raised in South Central, an impoverished predominantly black neighborhood in Los Angeles. She is the daughter of Ethiopian immigrants, and is committed to advocating for the health and safety concerns of black immigrant communities. Maramawit’s advocacy approach is rooted in radical listening and working proximately within marginalized communities to tell their stories. She believes that storytelling is a concrete and persuasive way to translate a population’s needs into policy. Maramawit’s public health background informs her passion for evidence-based research and advocacy. She hopes to use her legal education to help bridge the gaps between immigration, health, and racial equity. Maramawit is a 1L at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.