Claudia Bautista has a degree in International Relations from UNAM, a Master's degree in Government and Public Affairs from FLACSO Mexico and a doctorate in Regional History from the University of Veracruz. After venturing into the areas of international trade and of research in organic agriculture and community production projects, she opted for the world of bookselling. In 2009 she co-founded of Hyperion Librería, one of the most recognized independent outlets in the state of Veracruz. In 2018 she founded and is still chair of the Independent Bookshop Network, the first Mexican initiative focused on giving visibility to such companies, as well as managing initiatives for their professionalization and ensuring that they have a say in the public policies that affect their well-being. In 2020 she completed a diploma in Bookshop Management and Creation and was a fellow on the international booksellers’ programme organized by the Frankfurt Book Fair. In 2020 she participated in the creation of the Latin American Network of Independent Bookshops (RELLI).