Our staff


Patrisia Gonzales, Co-Director & Advisor

Patrisia (Kickapoo, Comanche and Macehual) descends from three generations of traditional healers and teaches about Indigenous medicine and Indigenous knowledge at the University of Arizona. She is a traditional birth attendant and herbalist and is author of several books, including Red Medicine: Traditional Indigenous Rites of Birthing and Healing. She is former national columnist and has won several awards for her writings, including human rights awards. She has worked on Indigenous language policy and planning. As a 2018-2020 Faculty Fellow in the Agnese Nelms Program in Environment and Social Justice, she is engaging the next generation of Indigenous advocates with elders and Native rights activists associated with the Alianza.

Kathryn “Kat” Rodriguez, Staff Assistant

Kat is a Tejana/Chicana with 20 years years working in the border justice movement.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University- Sacramento and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Arizona.  She has worked with farmworker struggles in Immokalee, Florida and Woodburn, Oregon.  Most of her social justice work has centered on issues faced by the (im)migrant communities, specifically related to the deaths of migrants on the U.S.-México border.  She has been a friend and ally of the Alianza Indígena Sin Fronteras and its work of promoting Indigenous border issues since 2000, and joined the staff in 2013.                    

Contact Kat at activista@gmail.com


Ryan Pinto, Community Outreach Coordinator.

Born and raised in the Northern part of Arizona, Ryan is a descendant of the Hopi/Omaha/Diñe/Northern Ute tribes. Since the year of 2014, Ryan has engaged with the  Chuk'shon Indigenous community as a social artist advocate empowering identity and culture awareness through performance art and dance. In 2015 Ryan has been an ally for Alianza by coordinating events such as Indigenous Peoples Day and World Indigenous Peoples Day. 

Today he is working as a Community Outreach Coordinator for Alianza through events, media, and social outreach. 

Monica Carrasco, Support Staff

Monica is a Chicana/Yaqui with over 10 years’ experience in community activism, organizing and promoting women’s rights. Mónica is a long time human rights and justice activist. She majored in Anthropology and Women’s Studies at California State University Fullerton. She also studied Latin American Literature and Meso-American Archaeology at the Autonomous University in Guadalajara Mexico. Monica works to build consciousness about sacred site preservation and infringement of Indigenous peoples rights along the southern US border with Mexico. 

  Contact Monica at alianzaindigena@gmail.com