Franca Muller Paz, was born in Lima, Perú and immigrated to the USA at the age of 1 to a working-class factory town called Paterson, NJ. Her father, a construction worker, worried about the troubling conditions of Paterson schools and feared drug-related violence affecting their family. In a life altering event, a customer turned friend offered her family a chance to move into his home just 20-minutes away, giving Franca the opportunity to attend well-resourced public schools.
Growing up between two worlds, the power of one’s zip code became overwhelmingly clear. Paterson's schools were in disrepair; lacking basic supplies, textbooks, and computers. Meanwhile, students at her suburban public school, only miles away, had access to the critical resources every child deserves. The injustice was undeniable – This experience laid the foundation for Franca’s passion and drive for educational, racial and economic justice.