By Roadtrip Nation

Alejandra Ceja


My road in life has been direct.
Raised in Huntington Park, CA as a first-generation Mexican-American proud of her roots
Always thought she'd become a secretary but got interested in policy when she noticed anti-immigrant legislation
Saw what college offered and realized a degree could open doors to whatever she wanted
Enrolled at Mt. St. Mary's College; struggled with being a minority on campus but dedicated herself
After college, was offered an internship in DC, but was afraid to leave her family
Mom pushed her to go, saying "I came to this country to make sure you weren't afraid of taking opportunities."
Every time she's afraid, she thinks of her parents' journey and gains the strength to take a leap
Says risk pays off: she has her dream job of representing her people and working with leaders like the president
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Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

I work to increase educational opportunities for Hispanics to achieve their full potential.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Upholding a Cause and Belief


Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student

Interviewed By

Why Not Us

Why Not Us

Being the first in your family to attend college is daunting, but rewarding.

Follow the journeys of four young people-all first in their families to go to college-as they road-trip across the country to interview inspiring individuals who were also first in their families to pursue higher education.

After gaining wisdom and guidance from trail-blazing leaders-including Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, Grammy Award-winner John Legend, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz-the Roadtrippers are emboldened to embrace the opportunities ahead and ask "why shouldn't I succeed?"