Irene Ruiz is the daughter of Mexican Immigrants, she grew up in Hazelton, ID where she also worked in the fields with her family. She received her Master of Arts in Hispanic Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Boise State University. Irene currently lives in Boise, Id. Irene has been an activist for over 20 years. She has organized around immigrant rights and environmental justice. Irene has organized in Idaho, Chicago, and Washington, DC. She currently works for the Idaho Organization of Resource Councils as a Bilingual Community Organizer. She is a board member for the ACLU of Idaho, Indigenous Idaho Alliance, and the Stay at School Quinceñera program. Irene also organizes a coalition of 11 organizations to support the Latinx, immigrant, and farm working community called the Idaho Immigrant Resource Alliance that started in 2020 to support those communities during COVID-19 pandemic and issues arise.