Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez
Author and Speaker on Immigration

Elizabeth grew up in Tucson, AZ, a city that is only an hour away from the U.S. Mexico Border. At fifteen, her parents were forced to return to Mexico due to complications with their legal status. When this happened, Elizabeth stayed behind in the United States in order to pursue her education. Despite these tumultuous events, Elizabeth was eventually accepted to multiple Ivy League Universities after graduating from High School at the top of her class. In 2018, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, & Economics.


During her time at Penn, Elizabeth was featured on NPR’s Latino USA, and was selected as The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) Scholar of the year in 2017.  Elizabeth was also the recipient of multiple awards and fellowships including the U.S. Department of State Gilman Scholarship Program where she was selected to document her experience as a blogger and video correspondent during her time abroad in the U.K. Elizabeth was also selected to participate in competitive business programs put on by both Harvard and Stanford’s Business Schools.


From 2018 to May of 2021, Elizabeth worked as a Corporate and Investment Banking Analyst at Wells Fargo. In February of 2020, she was selected out of 1000 internal Wells Fargo applicants to participate in Wells Fargo’s Ignite partnership with the TED Institute. Her TED Talk, recounts her story of finding opportunity and stability in the U.S. while examining flaws in narratives that simplify and idealize the immigrant experience. Within a month, her talk reached over a million views and led to a major book deal with St. Martin’s Press, an imprint of Macmillan. In June of 2021, Elizabeth took on a new role in tech as a Rotational Product Manager at Facebook where she hopes to use her background and knowledge to empower communities.

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Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez reveals her experience as the U.S. born daughter of immigrants and what happened when, at fifteen, her parents were forced back to Mexico in this galvanizing yet tender memoir.

In Conversation with Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez My Side of the River

“Amazing and very empowering for all latinos and women everywhere!”
— Anonymous Essex Associate, Essex Property Trust, Inc.

“You are so inspiring and your story is so motivational and driven!! Thank you for sharing!”
— Anonymous Essex Associate, Essex Property Trust, Inc.