Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
School: University of Nebraska at Omaha
Major: Business Economics and Political Science
Placement: The Office of Rep. Deb Haaland
Alejandra Escobar was born in San Salvador, El Salvador. In 2012, her family immigrated to Omaha, Nebraska, escaping the growing violence in El Salvador and looking for better educational opportunities. She had to overcome language barriers and adjust to the education system which inspired her to motivate and mentor young Latinx students to pursue higher education.
She has been involved in organizing around policy issues that affect immigrants. In 2016, she fought to pass legislation to allow DACA recipients to acquire professional licenses in Nebraska. She worked as a community organizer for the Latinx community, where she created safe spaces for young people to speak up, advocate, and fight for social justice.
Alejandra is a Gates Millennium Scholar at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She is double majoring in Political Science and Business Administration with a concentration in Economics. As a CHCI intern, Alejandra hopes to learn insights about the federal legislative process and build her network with other Latinx leaders. In the future, Alejandra wants to pursue a graduate degree in public policy.