Sulma Arias emigrated from El Salvador to Kansas when she was 12. She graduated from North High School and attended Friends University, studying organizational management.
She was campaign director for National People’s Action immigrant and worker justice program, which included 12 organizations in 10 states. She was a founding member of the Immigration Organizing Committee, now known as Fair Immigration Reform Movement
She currently lives in Virginia and is the Field Director for FIRM at the Center for Community Change.