Alejandra's Open Road


    First Gen Roadtrip


Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
US Dept of Education

“There are going to be times when you fall down. But your job is not to avoid falling down-it's to make sure that every time you do, you move in the only direction that matters: forward.”


Education Politics


Family Fulfillment Planning Pride Courage Fear Inspiration Support & Encouragement Character Education Exploration Opportunity Community Negativity Passion Societal Pressures Culture Doubt Values Focus Honesty Success Experience Goals Instincts Pressure Acceptance Choices Struggle


Upholding a Cause and Belief


  • 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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