Javiera was born in Santiago, Chile. Javiera’s family migrated to the United States and eventually settled in Charlotte, where she grew up. She attended Appalachian State University in Boone, where she obtained her bachelor's degree in Political Science. In college, Javiera met her loving husband, Mark, with whom she shares three fantastic kids. After living in Chicago for a few years, She moved back home to North Carolina and moved to Durham in 2010.
Javiera began doing education consulting in 2014 and was one of the founding members of the Alma Advisory Group. She was tasked with the design and development of principal strategies for multiple school districts, managing third-party application reviews and developing criteria and benchmarking for several counties, including Gwinnett County Public Schools, the largest school system in Georgia. Javiera specialized in screening and competency processes across multiple districts.
Before Javiera became a Durham City Council Member, she had been deeply involved in Durham Public Schools, where she assisted students with tutoring sessions while her own children attended school. She is a former Montessori School educator and former Parent-Teacher Association president.
Javiera Caballero is currently one of three at-large Durham City Council Members. In January 2018, she was appointed as the first Latina council member in Durham’s history. Since then, she has worked diligently to amplify the voices of all the Durham residents. She has advocated for shifts in policy that impact immigrant communities, including language access for all Durham residents and stakeholders, has been a steadfast promoter of inclusion with initiatives such as the City of Durham’s Participatory Budgeting program, an ardent supporter of affordable housing, and a fierce advocate for local environmental policy.
In 2019, Javiera won her first campaign as a Durham City Council Member as an at-large candidate.