Carmen Cornejo was born in Mexico, lived in the city of Monterrey and graduated with honors from ITESM with a bachelor degree in Communications. She worked as editor of publications for ITESM and as a professor in the same university teaching Theory of Mass Communications.
In 1989 she started her own clothing design business. She immigrated to the USA in 1991and enrolled at the South Mountain and Mesa Community Colleges to pursue her interest in ceramics and three dimensional art. She worked as instructor for Spanish lessons with children 3 to 5 years old with the Chandler Parks and Recreation Department for 7 years.Carmen Cornejo has done volunteer work for St. Mary-Basha Catholic School, Chandler Public Library, Carl Hayden Falcon Robotics, among others.
She has been member of the board of the Chandler Education Foundation, Friends of the Chandler Public Library, Si Se Puede Foundation and is founding member of APASE (Arizona Providers of Applied Science and Engineering) organization that provides underwater robotics competitions to students of all levels, and focuses on underserved populations. Currently, Carmen is Secretary of the Board of Chicanos por la Causa, (CPLC) and the executive director of CADENA, an organization that educates the community about the need to pass the DREAM Act in the USA Congress.
Carmen Cornejo collaborates with the Chandler Republic opinion pages and blogs about immigration issues. Her advocacy has taken her to participate on TV shows like Horizonte on Ch 8 KAET / PBS, radio, and diverse newspapers as a spokesperson for immigration, youth and education issues. She has been invited to participate on academic panels at ASU, Phoenix College, ASU West and research institutes as an expert on immigration, education and youth. She organized in 2011, along with Reyna Montoya, a group of students, Youth for Education in Action, YEA!, a civic engagement initiative. YEA! participated in the historical election in Mesa, AZ, Legislative District 18 that defeated State Senator Russell Pearce and elected Jerry Lewis. YEA!’s objective is to register high school and college students; work on voter education and voter mobilization and engage youth in the Democratic process. YEA’s first effort registered 353 new voters and knocked on nearly 3,000 doors to motivate voters to the polls and established phone banking operations.
Currently Carmen is the president and CEO of Critical Mass Communications, LLC, a bi-cultural marketing and public relations firm. She looks forward to a new venture: Rovorevo, Robot Revolution, which markets robots and robot kits for educational purposes.