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Jessica Barajas

Jessica Barajas is currently the Manager for the LOFT Institute.  Her passion for increasing educational access to Hispanic students has influenced her career choices.  Previously, Jessica worked as a field organizer in Albuquerque, New Mexico with the purpose of re-electing Dream Act advocate Congressman Martin Heinrich.  Prior to working on the campaign, under the Center for Progressive Leadership Summer Program 2010 in Washington D.C., Jessica worked for the League of United Latin American Citizen's National Educational Service Centers (LNESC) where she assisted the organization's development team with its fundraising efforts. 

As a prior Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy Junior Summer Institute at Princeton University in 2009, Jessica formed part of the Education Domestic Policy team that advised Foundation Academy Charter School in New Jersey on its expansion into a high school.  Prior to this, in 2008, she participated in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Internship program, working under California's 43rd District Congressman Joe Baca.  There, Jessica helped both draft immigration talking points for a comprehensive immigration reform and organized bipartisan sponsorships for the Alice Paul Women's Suffrage Congressional Gold Medal Act.  Jessica received her Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Education, with a minor in Latin American Studies from Swarthmore College in 2010, where she was a recipient of the Luis Eduardo Guerra/Talisma Nasrin Community Building Award.  In her spare time, Jessica enjoys dancing, traveling, writing, and visiting her family in Mexico.  Jessica was born in Los Angeles, California, and raised in her parent's native land of Gualadajara, Jalisco, Mexico.