Mia lives in Colorado Springs, where she was born and raised. Mia earned two bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and biology from Regis University and a master’s degree in public health from Boston University. She has over 20 years of community health experience at grassroots, federal and international health agency levels. Mia oversaw chronic disease prevention programs at Kaiser Permanente Colorado and worked to promote health equity at the Multnomah County Health Department in Oregon. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, her roles included responding to infectious disease outbreaks and violence prevention. Internationally, she has worked at the Pan American Health Organization in Chile to promote gender equality and at the Chol Chol Foundation providing micro-credit loans to Indigenous Mapuche women.