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Victoria Ochoa L’21

Victoria is an advocate for majority-minority communities in the southwest United States and beyond. She graduated from St. Edward’s University with a B.A. in Political Science. At St. Edward’s, Victoria was named a Presidential Scholar for her leadership and embodiment of Holy Cross ideals. She also explored how government impacted and engaged majority-minority communities through internships at the Texas House of Representatives, the U.S. House of Representatives, Annie’s List, the White House, and as a research intern at Stanford.

After graduation, Victoria focused on economic development and equity building in the Southwest. She advocated for higher education in the New Mexico state legislature and was a Schedule C Presidential Appointee in the Obama Administration, where she worked as an assistant in the Secretary of Commerce’s office. Most recently, she worked in the office of U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) as an Assistant to the Chief of Staff. She has been recognized nationally as a Harry S. Truman Scholar and published an opinion piece in the Washington Post on the vibrancy of the Rio Grande Valley, her predominately Latino hometown on the U.S.-Mexico border.

At Penn, Victoria is a 1L representative for the Equal Justice Foundation.