Director of Special Projects
Ilse Contreras was born in Sinaloa, Mexico and raised in Glendale, Arizona. Ilse Speaks fluent Spanish, and is a proud Cum Laude graduate of Arizona State University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology.
During her time at Arizona State University, Ilse lead and participated in meaningful research with her peers and faculty that was awarded first place in The Arizona State University New College Undergraduate Inquiry & Research Experience. Ilse’s research was also accepted for presentation at the annual Pacific Sociology Association Conference.
Prior to joining DeMenna Public Affairs, Ilse served as an Arizona State Senate Research Intern for the Natural Resources, Energy and Water Committee. In this role, Ilse analyzed proposed legislation, and produced bill summaries as well as in-depth policy research through written fact sheets and oral presentations to members of the Senate.