Stephanie Lemus grew up in the Pico-Union area of Los Angeles with her Salvadoran immigrant mother and her two siblings. She attended California State University, Northridge (CSUN) where she double-majored in Anthropology and Central American Studies with a minor in Pan-African Studies. After she graduated from CSUN, she then went on to earn a Master's Degree in Latin American Studies from California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) where her primary research focused on the community of the Salvadoran Diaspora in Los Angeles. In 2021, Stephanie earned her Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California (USC) Rossier School of Education. She has worked with various non-profit organizations and groups for the past 10 years in community organizing, education, workforce and advocacy. She has been teaching at CSUN's Central American Studies Department since August 2016, and is currently Director of the Central American Research Policy Institute (CARPI). Furthermore, Stephanie works at Clinica Monseñor Oscar A. Romero, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that was founded by Salvadoran refugees in 1983. Stephanie has been at Clinica Romero for the past three years as the health center's Director of Public Policy and Community Affairs where her work focuses on patient and community health education, outreach, enrollment, policy and civic engagement. Additionally, Stephanie serves as a commissioner on the Los Angeles City Health Commission.