Alejandra Ceja

Alejandra Ceja

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


US Dept of Education

Washington, DC USA


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.

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Alejandra Ceja

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Milestones

Milestones

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
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Political Science and Government, General
Mount Saint Mary College
graduate
Graduate
Public Administration
CUNY Bernard M Baruch College
Career

Career

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

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Education
Politics
Politics
Upholding a Cause and Belief
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Hurdles

Hurdles

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student