Catalina Byrd is a native of Baltimore, MD that has been an active community advocate, journalist, and political consultant for over 15 years. In the last 10 years Catalina has been featured on numerous radio and television programs and has hosted 4 radio programs of her own, specifically targeting the engagement of millennials in the voting process. One of few women of color covering politics at her age has always set her apart from her colleagues and has earned her their respect as a voice that can speak to and for many different demographics. Simply put she speaks "the people's language". Ms. Byrd became a widow at the age of 26, which left her as a single mother of one son, an experience that Catalina credits as sharpening her focus that much more on the needed change in our society. Life experiences such as being a domestic violence survivor and relative of those suffering from addiction have lead Catalina to also be passionate about domestic violence legislation reform, increased access to treatment options for impacted families and communities, and ex-offender resources for those returning to their communities, as they have all been things that she has watched loved ones struggle with.