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BP Foundation STEM Public Policy Fellow

Hometown: San Juan, Texas

School: University of Texas, Austin

Degree: B.S., Mathematics

Placement: Office of Rep. Filemon Vela

Pedro Suárez Jr. is a first-generation Mexican-American born in McAllen, but raised in San Juan and Dumas, Texas. In May 2013, he earned a B.S. in mathematics and Mexican-American studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

As an undergraduate, Pedro participated in several student organizations and initiatives that focused on assisting underserved communities. His involvement and research in K-12 and higher education led him to help establish the Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success) which fosters a pipeline for higher education in the Latino community.

As a CHCI Public Policy Fellow, Pedro hopes to develop his leadership skills and become better acquainted with the public policy process. His primary interests are K-12 and higher education, health and labor policy, and Mexico-U.S. border issues.