Angelica Juarez was born and raised in South East Los Angeles. Her introduction to environmentalism resulted from her negative experiences living near an industrial city. Her interest in environmental justice led her to the University of California Berkeley where she obtained a dual degree in Molecular Environmental Biology and Environmental Economics and Policy. She has previous experience in environmental consulting, healthcare research, and the non-profit healthcare sector. Her passion for increasing the representation of BIPOC professionals in the environmental field led her to the Greening Youth Foundation.