2023 Latino Hill Staff Academy
Ivan Torrez (he/him) was born and raised in Idaho, the son of two Mexican immigrants. His first political memory was seeing then-Senator Obama speak on a cold February day in his hometown of Boise, Idaho. Growing up, Ivan never had the prototypical American identity, always cognizant of being a foreigner. After Obama’s speech, he understood what it meant to make America his.
Ivan attended the University of Denver for a year, where he found a passion for policy after taking a Socratic debate course from the late Governor Richard Lamm. He then transferred and graduated from the University of Southern California in 2020 with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations. At USC he was a member of the Unruh Institute of Politics, a forum where students could connect with their peers and distinguished visiting professors to discuss contemporary political issues. He was also a practice player for the USC women’s basketball and a member of the USC men’s club rugby team.
Ivan has worked for the Joint Economic Committee and is currently an Economic Policy Research Aide for Senator Chris Coons (DE)