Sol Sandoval Tafoya (she, her, hers) is a Chicana indigenous woman and a seasoned community leader who has been fighting for working people for over 20 years. Now, she wants to take the fight straight to the nation’s capital.
The First Generation daughter of immigrants, she grew up watching her undocumented mother and father work endless hours and hold multiple jobs to make ends meet. She carries her parents with her, a reminder to never forget where she came from.
Her 10-year career as a social worker only showed her what she already lived–the impacts of poverty in her community. After seeing her neighbors failed by our institutions, Sol left her role at the Dept. of Social Services, and committed to building community power full-time.
While in her position with Together Colorado, a coalition of faith-based organizations, Sol trained and organized people to advocate for collective bargaining rights for state employees, eliminating the state preemption on increasing the minimum wage, and creating a Paid Family and Medical Leave insurance program. She is currently advocating for health equity with the Colorado Trust.
Sol lives in Pueblo with her two children and her dog Esteban.