2023-2024 Public Policy Fellows
Alexandria R. Duque
CHCI Public Policy Fellow Presented by Google
Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
School: Louisiana State University
Degree: B.A. in Mass Communication
Placement: The Office of Congresswoman Veronica Escobar
Alexandria (she/her) was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, a city with a complex fabric of segregation due to differing political opinions, income status, and race. However, it was the unity borne out of resilience that left a profound impact on her. The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina showcased the power of community coming together to rebuild and forge a new foundation for the future. This experience, coupled with living as a biracial woman in the South, shaped Alexandria’s identity, nurturing a strong voice and an unyielding sense of pride in her heritage.
Following high school, Alexandria joined the Louisiana Army National Guard and graduated as an All-Source Intelligence Analyst from the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence. She went on to graduate from Louisiana State University (LSU) with a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and a Minor in English. While in college, she found her passion in relationship-building in her various roles as a bartender, sales associate, communications director, and news writer. A recipient of the Luke S. Bashore Traveling Scholar Award, Alexandria participated in a study away program with LSU, spending two weeks in D.C. studying politics in the media and media ethics. In 2020, she was activated with the Louisiana National Guard in the fight against COVID-19. She worked as a Public Affairs Specialist documenting the transportation of PPE, testing sites, and various food distribution sites all over the state.
As the CHCI Public Policy Fellow, Alexandria hopes to fully immerse herself in new challenges and learn how to make Hill communications more accessible and transparent to Latinos. She looks forward to learning about the legislative process first-hand before pursuing postgraduate studies.