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. Stephanie is currently a Doctoral Student at 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 in the Central American Studies Department since August 2016, and is currently Director of the Central American Research Policy Institute (CARPI). Also, Stephanie works at Clinica Monseñor Oscar A. Romero, a Federally Qualified Health Center that was founded by Salvadoran refugees in 1983. Stephanie has been at Clinica Romero for the past two years as the health center's Director of Community Affairs and Advocacy where she oversees the Outreach and Eligibility departments which focus on patient health education, advocacy, outreach and enrollment. Also, Stephanie serves as a commissioner on the Los Angeles City Health Commission.