Angeles Herrera was born in Managua, Nicaragua and currently lives in San Francisco, California. Angeles has suffered from kidney disease all her life. She had acute kidney failure caused by lupus when she was 4 years old. She lost her right kidney then. Fortunately, her left kidney began to work six months after the acute failure. Her health problems resurfaced in the early 2000s when she was diagnosed with Berger's disease during a routine check-up. After being on peritoneal dialysis, she was fortunate to receive a kidney transplant in 2007.
Throughout her life, she has considered herself very blessed and takes whatever victories she can. She uses her blessings to better the lives of those in her community and beyond. She is very engaged in advocating for her end-stage renal disease (ESRD) peers. She assists the American Kidney Fund and other renal groups by sharing her story and raising awareness.
Angeles has a bachelor's degree in science (Business Administration, 1993) from San Francisco State University. She is a leader in the environmental field, with more than 25 years of experience.