What inspired you to get involved in civic engagement?
Making sure that young voices were heard through the election process is what inspired me to get involved in civic engagement during my sophomore year of college. My fraternity ΛΘΦ (Lambda Theta Phi) was founded on the principle of giving a voice to the voiceless and the best way to do that is by making sure our communities are voting. The 2012 presidential election was my first big civic engagement push and I was able to register about 250 students on my college campus.
If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why?
If I could meet any historical figure, I would love to meet Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She made history as the first Latina in the highest court of the land and overcame many extremely hard obstacles in her life, but nevertheless she persevered. Her drive, as well as her humility are things that inspire me to strive for the stars and it is definitely a goal of mine to meet her one day.
What are three things still left on your bucket list?
Three things that are still left in my bucket list are:
2.Create my own political nonprofit in the future.
3.Travel to Morocco and Thailand.
If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?
If I could have any superpower, I would choose teleportation because I would love to instantly travel from one place to another.
I was born and raised until the age of 12 in Santiago, Dominican Republic by two loving parents, alongside two other siblings. Our family moved to the U.S. because my mother wanted us to have better higher education opportunities. We lived 3 years in New York and the rest we have lived here in Georgia. My passion for politics/community organizing started early on in my undergrad career and developed during the 2012 election. After graduating I worked with the Georgia House Democratic Caucus for about a year and a half as a legislative aide and also campaign outreach manager. After that, I went to the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials and worked there as the Executive Associate for a year. Now I am proud to be part of the Georgia Shift team as Policy Coordinator and hope to continue growing with the organization. In conclusion, I would describe myself as a policy professional, public speaker and community organizer, who firmly empowers his community through leadership development and social justice.