Victoria began her college education at the young age of sixteen in 1993 attending the University of Texas at Austin. However, before completing her degree she decided to serve her country and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1994 at the age of seventeen years old. She completed bootcamp in Great Lakes, IL and went on to her first "A" school at Naval Technical Training Center, Pensacola, Fl in 1995 where she studied electronics and received Top Secret/SCI clearance as a Cryptologic Technician. As a reward for graduating at the top of her class she was selected to attend Seamark Network training "C" school on Sun Microsystems in Biloxi, MS.Victoria's first duty station is what originally brought her to California. She was stationed at Naval Security Group Department as a Petty Officer Third class serving the billet as subject matter expert in the global Seamark network in Imperial Beach, Ca at the end of 1995. Victoria was then honorably discharged from the Navy in 1997 after giving birth to her first child. She immediately continued her studies in Psychology at San Diego Community College District's City College in 1997 and in one year received two associate degrees; in Behavioral Science- Psychology and in Liberal Arts, both with High Honors in the spring of 1998.She was then accepted at San Diego State University in 1998 where she completed her Bachelor's degree in one year, graduating in 1999, summa cum laude in Psychology, at the top 10% of her class, distinction in the major, and inducted into the honors societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Psi Chi. A week after graduation that summer, she gave birth to her son Jacob and received her first child's diagnosis while her (first) husband served in Iraq during Operation Desert Shield. Victoria began working on intensive intervention with her daughter, cared for her newborn son who was also hospitalized, and continued her studies that fall until her husband returned from his long deployment. She graduated in one year, in 2000, a month after her father passed away and her divorce proceedings began, with a Master's degree in Human Resource Management. As you can see, strong perseverance and coping through great crises is nothing new to her.In order to begin improving the lives of individuals with autism Victoria secured a position at the San Diego Regional Center, from 2000-2004, as both an intake worker and Parent Coordinator tasked with knowing all of the resources, interventions, and be a support to other parents of children with autism. It was in this postion that she first began supporting and advocating for children with special needs in IEPs. This year, 2000, was when her second child. Jacob, was diagnosed with autism, and also when she took a position on the Board of Directors of the San Diego County Chapter Autism Society of America where she served for 10 years. She served in the role of 2nd Vice President of Programs, and then later founded its first Spanish Support component in 2003.She further served on the San Diego South County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)'s Community Advisory Committee (CAC) from 2003 to 2006 where she interfaced with legislators and school district personnel fighting for and protecting the needs of children with special needs. This was her first opportunity to advocate at the capitol on a state level all three years by attending its "Lobby Day", and as the CAC's Chairman in her last year.It was in these capacities that Victoria continued to learn about the importance of policy and advocacy that lead her to apply for law school. She married her second husband, and with his support as a U.S. Marine stationed at MCAS Miramar, she was able to attend a local law school, California Western School of Law, San Diego with the award of the Faculty Scholarship for her educational excellence. From 2004 to 2007 she received honors and scholarships from San Diego La Raza Lawyers Scholarship Fund, Miramar Marine Corps Spouses Club, and the California Bar Foundation's Exceptional Merit Scholar. She served as Philanthropy coordinator for the school's Society of Public Law and Policy, Philanthropy Coordinator for Health Law and Policy, Vice President of the International Law Society and of Parents in Law, and served as Vice-President and then President of La Raza Law Students where she secured local public figures such as City Attorney Mike Aguirre, Councilwoman Donna Frye, and Senator Denise Ducheny as speakers.