Speaker Profile

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Candidate for United States Congress
Ocasio 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a current candidate for United States Congress for the 2018 midterm elections in New York's 14th Congressional district. Prior to her candidacy, Alexandria worked for the Foreign Affairs and Immigration office of the late U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, served as the National Hispanic Institute's Social Entrepreneur in Residence, and founded Brook Avenue Press, a project to develop methods on parent-child literacy education. In the wake of the financial criss Alexandria spent time working in the NYC restaurant industry, which fueled her passion for working-class advocacy. Most recently she produced "The Road to," a live web series documenting cross-country road trip visiting sites like Flint, MI; Standing Rock, and Women's March DC.