Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
School: Georgetown University
Major: Management and Marketing
Placement: The Office of Rep. Joaquin Castro
Kayleigh Arcos is a first-generation Mexican-American hailing from the Alamo City of San Antonio, Texas. Growing up in an underrepresented inner-city community, her parents planted the seed of pursuing a higher education at a very young age by enrolling her in the KIPP San Antonio school system. During the summer of her junior year of high school, she was selected to represent San Antonio in C.H.CI’s R2L Next Gen program held in Washington D.C. The R2L Next Gen program provided her with the drive, inspiration, and tools to further her newly discovered passion of policy and public service; this support helped motivate her for the next few years. Despite the many hardships and trials her family faced, Kayleigh persevered and became Valedictorian of her 2014 graduating high school class, and the first in her family to attend a four-year university.
Kayleigh is studying management and marketing at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. She serves as a mentor to students in the Georgetown and PricewaterhouseCoopers joint venture program, Smart Start, and the freshman pre-orientation program BUILD (Business Students Invested in Leadership Development). Kayleigh is a member of the Georgetown Scholarship Program and is a Community Scholar. Currently, she serves the Georgetown community as a Tour Guide, and offers a unique perspective to visitors. She is also the Director of Marketing for Georgetown’s premiere business organization, GAMBLE (Georgetown Aspiring Minority Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs). She is involved in many organizations on campus that celebrate her Mexican heritage, and continues to lend her support as a CHCI junior alumni scholar.
As a CHCI Intern, Kayleigh hopes to strengthen her knowledge of public policy, American business ethics, and international relations in regard to foreign direct investment and trade. Upon completing her Bachelor of Science in business administration, Kayleigh plans to obtain her law degree and serve as either a Foreign Service officer or management consultant. One of her career goals is to contribute to a company focused on expanding corporate responsibility initiatives, such as financial literacy and education opportunities, into underrepresented communities