Meet The Mijas

“Mija, Yes you can” alongside The Mija Project is a community organization created by women for women.

There’s a reason our phrase is in both Spanish and English. The phrase is meant to reach ALL women of ALL races and ethnicities. We are proud of our Hispanic culture and invite others to join us in this movement that includes ALL women.


Here are the stories of our Jefa Mijas. The creative minds behind The Mija Project:

Iris Lopez

Founder/ Executive Director, Content Coordinator/Social Media Strategist

Iris Lopez was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She graduated from The University of Texas at El Paso with a Minor in Spanish and a Major in Multimedia Journalism.

She began her broadcasting career in radio as ‘Lily Lopez’ on 104.3 Hitfm in El Paso, Texas. Iris then made the move to TV news where she is currently a general assignments reporter, weekend evening weather anchor and proud creator of the on-air franchise, ‘KVIA Sunday Funday Moments.

Iris’ passion for empowering women was instilled in her at a young age by her parents, aunts and grandmothers. Her passion grew even stronger after the relationships she developed with other young female broadcasters who were struggling to find a voice in a male dominated business.

Iris’ passion to inspire and motivate others is due in large part to her 10-year-old son, Jacob. For Iris, being a mom is one of the greatest accomplishments she has achieved and it is what continues to motivate her to inspire our youth.

Email Iris: themijas@mijayesyoucan.org


Crystal Saavedra

President, Head of Organizational Development/Projects Manager

Crystal Saavedra is a graduate of The University of Texas at El Paso with a BBA in Management and Marketing and currently working on her MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Management.

She had the privilege of interning at The White House which catapulted her into her desire to lead and empower others. A strong believer in education and hard-work, Crystal also enjoys the moments she gets to give back to her community.

Crystals non-profit experience expands to having served as President for the Archer Fellowship Alumni Association, Co-Chair for the El Paso Mothers Against Drunk Driving and President of the Delta Sigma Pi International Business Fraternity El Paso Alumni Chapter.

She is a graduate of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Jovenes Empresarios and Women’s Leadership pipeline programs. In her free time, Crystal enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends! 

Email Crystal: themijas@mijayesyoucan.org


Shelby Montgomery

Vice-President, Head of Communications & Brand Strategy

Shelby Montgomery was born and raised in the city of crosses, Las Cruces, New Mexico. She graduated from New Mexico State University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications and a Minor in Government.

Shelby is the Good Morning El Paso Weekend morning anchor/producer, and a reporter throughout the week.

She loves to spend time with her family, experience the outdoors and travel. Her goal is to travel to a new city every year and eventually make a trip overseas.

For Shelby, women empowerment is something she is passionate about because she believes that when women work together, it is a bond unlike any other.

Email Shelby: themijas@mijayesyoucan.org


Cassandra Villanueva

Jefa Mija T-shirt Designer

Cassandra Villanueva was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She is a proud mom to five children. Four beautiful little Mijas and one smart little Mijo.

Cassandra is happily married and a full-time stay-at-home mom but she manages to find time to create beautiful crafts through her at home business, Cassie’s Crafts and Creations.

Her time and dedication to The Mija Project is what helped the organization grow to what it is now. She is proud to support and encourage other women with small businesses because, “Mija, Yes you can be a full-time, stay-at-home mom and continue to pursue your passion in life!”

Email Cassandra: cassiescraftsandcreations@gmail.com


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