Maritzelena Chirinos

Maritzelena Chirinos

Program Coordinator, Youth Leadership Programs

Ritzy Chirinos is the Youth Leadership Programs Coordinator. She supports the logistics and operations of Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship in both localities, while also providing supplemental support for Aspen Challenge.  After graduating in 2018, Ritzy relocated to Baltimore, MD as one of the Hilliard P. Jenkins fellows for the Black-owned national consulting firm Frontline Solutions. Once the fellowship was over, she decided to stay in the DMV to learn about the policy world and get more involved in campaign organizing.  She was an organizing fellow at The Indivisible Project and canvassed for Democrats For Education Reform in the pivotal 2018 elections. Prior to joining Aspen, Ritzy worked in development and research at The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. During her time there, she also helped recreate and lead the diversity and equity work among the interns and assisted with the State Priorities Partnership Fellowship Program.

Ritzy was born in Caracas, Venezuela and raised in Durham, North Carolina. She graduated from Meredith College with a B.A. in Sociology and Criminology and hopes to one day hold a position in local government. In her free time, she enjoys taking dance classes, doing yoga, and going to local events.