Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was born into a Puerto Rican family in the Bronx, New York City, New York. While in college, Ocasio-Cortez became an intern in the immigration office and evidently was the only Spanish speaker at the age of 19-20. As a result she was the lifeline for loved ones calling in looking for family members who had been grabbed by ICE.
Ocasio-Cortez graduated cum laude from Boston University's College of Arts and Sciences in 2011, majoring in international relations and economics. After graduating, Ocasio-Cortez moved back to the Bronx and began working as an educational director. She also began working as a bartender and waitress to help her mother.
After working as an organizer for Bernie Sanders's 2016 presidential campaign Ocasio-Cortez travelled across America speaking to those affected by the Flint water crisis and the Dakota Access Pipeline. Through this experience she was inspired to start work in her own community. In 2017 Ocasio-Cortez decided it was time for change. Between shift work she went out canvassing for her congressional campaign. In June of 2018 Ocasio-Cortez was elected over Joe Crowley ending his 10-year term.
Above all that she is a fierce leader and is not afraid to stand up for herself or others. I can’t wait to see what’s to come with her!