Updated: Jan 6
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 17, 2021
Contact: Marcos Rodriguez Maciel
LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, Joe Sanberg, Co-founder of Aspiration and Founder of CalEITC4Me, endorsed. Marina A. Torres is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California. The endorsement adds to the growing list of Southern California social impact leaders lining up behind her election for Los Angeles City Attorney.
“Outrageous levels of income inequality impede Americans from true achievement, which is why we need leaders committed to equity and justice like Marina Torres to help us achieve our greatest potential,” said Sanberg. “Marina understands that a fair system benefits everyone, not just the highly-educated, wealthy or powerful. She will be an advocate for all Californians and I can’t wait to see the positive impact she will make in our city and state.”
Joe Sanberg is the founder of Aspiration.com, a socially-conscious online financial company that allows people to choose their own fee levels on checking and investing. He has been a lifelong advocate for ending the income inequality gap in the United States, and as such founded CalEITC4Me helping millions of Caliornians claim their earned income tax credits. He also serves on the board of the Sierra Club, City Year Los Angeles and is on the board of trustees for University of California, Riverside School of Public Policy.
“Californians live better lives when they are informed and have advocates fighting the system to lower income equality. That means advocates for the public good like Joe Sanberg,” said Torres. “I am honored to have his support for my campaign because when the judicial system teams with social impact innovators, all Californians may achieve greater equity and justice.”
Torres is the daughter of undocumented parents who, like many others, came from Mexico in pursuit of a better life. She was born in Los Angeles County before her parents moved to a struggling neighborhood in the Inland Empire. Her father worked at the Sunkist Factory in Ontario until he passed away when Torres was just two-and-a-half years old. Her single mother worked a variety of jobs to keep the family afloat. As the oldest of three, she helped look after her younger brothers while her mother was at work. Growing up, the fear of her mother's deportation was never too far away.
Although English was her second language, Torres understood that education was the only way to help her family and community move forward. While working as a cashier at Burger King to afford the fees for her Advanced Placement tests, she graduated near the top of her high school class and was admitted to the University of California, Berkeley when she was just 16 years old. Torres juggled a full class schedule, many student government activities and a 20-hour work week to send money home to help support her family. She graduated in 2004 with a double major in Political Science and Rhetoric, a minor in Ethnic Studies, and with honors.
After college, Torres served as an AmeriCorps Fellow at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, travelling across Illinois to provide litigation aid to migrant farmworkers who were victimized by recruiters and employers. She returned to California to attend Stanford Law School, where she served on the executive board of the Stanford Law Review and was co-president of the Stanford Latino Law Students’ Association. After being appointed by President Obama to work in the Department of Homeland Security, Torres became a federal prosecutor at the United States Department of Justice under President Obama and now under President Joe Biden.
For more information, please visit www.MarinaTorres.com.
Paid for by Marina Torres for LA City Attorney 2022, FPPC ID# 1425772. 1787 Tribute Road, Suite K, Sacramento, CA 95815
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