Kina is a lifelong activist and nationally recognized gun violence prevention and health care advocate with a proven track record of policy making, coalition building, and working with communities to improve public health and safety. She was born and raised in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago and grew up in a working-class union family. Growing up on the West Side of Chicago, Kina saw her community heavily impacted by gun violence, failing healthcare systems, lack of economic opportunity, and closed neighborhood schools. She knew she had to fight beyond the surface-level issues directly facing her community to address the systemic issues of poverty and neglect. Kina is fighting to address institutionalized poverty and inequity head on. She’s spent her life turning activism into legislative action, writing and passing policy and organizing on a national scale, and now she’s taking that fight to Congress.