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Doniece Sandoval

Lava Mae


Driven by a fierce belief that everyone has the right to be clean, Doniece created Lava Mae after learning about the appalling lack of showers and toilets available to people experiencing homelessness. Her work has created a ripple effect, touching the lives of 10,000 Californians and inspiring dozens of programs around the globe.

Doniece credits her work in the arts and private sector for shaping her innovative thinking. Her career began as a Legislative Research Analyst in Texas after she received her BA from UT Austin. A 2017 CNN Hero and 2016 KIND People Award recipient, she is most proud of the moniker given to her by her 10-year old daughter who calls her a Homeless Superhero.

Lava Mae

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