Hometown: Hyattsville, Maryland
School: University of Maryland – College Park
Placement: The Office of Rep. Jose Serrano
Tiffany Munoz-Zegarra was born in Washington, D.C. to parents of Peruvian and Spanish descent. After her upbringing in southern Spain, Tiffany and her mother returned to the U.S. with the hopes of finding employment and a better education in the midst of a severe global economic crisis during the year of 2008. Tiffany’s transition into life in the U.S. was a challenge given the language barrier and cultural differences. Nonetheless, a drive to overcome these difficulties and make her family proud drove her to graduate from high school with an International Baccalaureate diploma and further her studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Tiffany is currently a senior at the University of Maryland studying for a Bachelor of Science in Economics. She is bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish, and proficient in French. She’s interned at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History throughout her high school and college career working with the Youth Engagement through Science (YES!) program, where she’s been able to help and mentor students from underrepresented backgrounds in pursuing their passion for science.
Tiffany hopes to use her background and experience to advocate for those least represented and help them have opportunities for education and a better life. Upon graduation, she plans to further her studies with a master’s or a PhD degree in Economics.
As a CHCI intern, Tiffany is excited to further her knowledge on federal legislation, develop as a leader, and work as an advocate for those most in need.