Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Bronx, New York), 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, also known as AOC, currently serves as the congresswoman for the 14th district of New York. Born on October 13, 1989, Ocasio-Cortez reigns from the Bronx, and after high school, attended Boston University to receive a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations. Following graduation, she worked in the office of Senator Ted Kennedy. Later, she began organizing for Latinx youth in the Bronx and across the United States. This led to her to years of community organizing, even becoming an Educational Director for the National Hispanic Institute. 

The 2008 economic recession greatly impacted Ocasio-Cortez’s family, especially with the death of her father. During this time, she worked as a bartender and waitress to support her family, foreshadowing her future dedication to advocating for the working class.

A few years later in 2016, Ocasio-Cortez volunteered for Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, and after gaining skills in electoral organizing, launched her own campaign for Congress with the help of Justice Democrats. She was sworn in January of 2019.