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Kimberly or “Kem” as her family calls her is a first-generation student at ASU in her junior year, currently studying political science and getting a certificate in paralegal studies. She hopes to pursue a career in politics to help her community. Kimberly’s interests include solving Rubik’s cubes and playing the violin.
Janet Hernandez Ayon is 20 years old and was born and raised in West Phoenix. Being a first generation daughter to immigrant parents, her hard-working parents taught her that personal success results from one’s efforts. Her interest in civic engagement started in 2010 because of the events that conspired after the introduction of SB1070. After witnessing the community efforts of Latine activists push forward change in the Arizona Legislature, it inspired nine-year-old Janet to do the same. Since then, she has become not just a strong advocate for voter education and civic engagement, but also for civil rights. But Janet’s efforts do not just fall under politics. During her high school career, she participated in and helped manage events that supported multiple communities in Phoenix. It would not be until her college career where she would return to politics and work with fellow students, professors, and community organizers to help promote voter education. Being a family oriented person, Janet never forgets why she work hard. For each award that she has received and for each accomplishment, she makes sure to share the joy with her family as they are the reason why she reach for the stars.
Riya is in her sophomore year of high school this year. She loves to listen to Bollywood music, hike, and cook. She has always been interested in politics and she loves learning about current events, social media, and the community. Additionally, she loves to discuss social issues along with different viewpoints from others and strives to combat injustice in our society. She hopes to one day become a lawyer that works with civil rights or in the medical field.
Meena Ravishankar is a sophomore at the University of Arizona, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Theatre Arts. She plans on attending law school in the future to study criminal, civil rights, or immigration law. She is passionate about discussing politics, hiking, traveling, and trying new restaurants around town.
Chloe Danielle Boyd started interning at AZ list during the summer of 2021. She is a senior at the University of Arizona, majoring in Criminal justice. After graduating, she plans on applying to medical school. In her free time, she enjoys exploring nature.
Ciera is a recent graduate from Arizona State University where she received her degree in Communication. She is now a graduate student at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, studying Legal Studies. Ciera hopes to pursue a career in politics either in political research or in lobbying. Outside of working in politics, she is also involved with sexual and domestic violence prevention.
Makayla is a Senior at Grand Canyon University’s Honors College, majoring in Government Analysis with an emphasis in Legal Studies. After finishing her undergraduate degree, she plans on earning her Masters then attending Law School. Her interests include travel and reading.
Alyssa Norris is a rising senior at Marana High School and plans to attend the University of Arizona in the fall of 2022. Alyssa has taken part in and led multiple programs dedicated to social justice and service. She has served as a mentor in Unidas (sponsored by the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona), as a participant in the National Sex Education Cohort, and as Vice President of her local National Honor Society. Alyssa has found that Arizona List allows her to directly support her passion for progressive policy in Arizona.
Danna is a junior double majoring in political science and nonprofit leadership management at Arizona State University. After finishing her undergraduate degree, she plans on going to law school and studying election law. She is very passionate about bringing about inclusive and progressive change to Arizona.
Yue Yu is a junior at Connecticut College majoring in Quantitative Economics & Econometrics and Government. Yue first interned with Arizona List in the summer of 2020 and she is excited to be back this summer. Originally from China, Yue enjoys learning about different political systems and public policy issues. In the future, Yue hopes to pursue a career in international affairs, bringing people from diverse backgrounds together to solve complex challenges. During her free time, Yue likes to read, swim, and she is on a mission of visiting all the national parks in America.
Maryam Hassanein majored in justice studies at Arizona State University. She interned with Arizona List during Spring 2021. She also interned with the Kristin Dyvbig-Pawelko campaign last election season on the communications team, and she found a great passion for politics through that. She loves to travel and take photos of the different places she visits.
Ashton McGee is a senior at Arizona State University majoring in Political Science with a minor in History. He was born in Texas but moved to Arizona at a young age. He has a deep passion and dedication towards progressive politics and Arizona itself. Educationally, Ashton is dedicated to health care policy and improving our schools. Outside of the classroom, Ashton loves to hike, go swimming, and use his computer.
Hannah Humphrey graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Political Science. Studying Political Science further fueled her passion for politics. As her passion for social movements for women’s rights grew, she found that Arizona List was a perfect fit for her.
Evy graduated from University High School in May of 2020 and is currently on a gap year before heading to the University of Chicago. She got involved in politics back in her sophomore year of high school when she started volunteering for Planned Parenthood, and in turn canvassed for progressive local candidates. She quickly became a volunteer with the Pima County Democratic Party, and through that an intern with Arizona List.
Sara Ben Abdallah is a rising high school senior in Tucson, Arizona. She started interning for Arizona List in the summer before her sophomore year and has remained active in politics ever since. In her free time, Sara enjoys watching films, cooking vegan meals, and going on walks.
Mila is a senior at University High School in Tucson, Arizona. After moving from Dallas to Tucson in 2012, she fell in love with the vibrant culture, beautiful outdoors, and tight-knit community. Through this internship, she hopes to learn more about how amplify progressive voices in politics and develop her own as well.
Mya Vallejo is an Arizona native in her third year at Arizona State University. She is studying criminal justice and getting two certificates in law and human behavior, and cross-sector leadership. Mya has a passion for politics and is excited to work with Democratic women from across the state. Outside of politics and law, she loves Disney, going to the movies and her cats.
My name is Carly McGuire and I am majoring in sociology at ASU. I am in my junior year and after I graduate I hope to work for a nonprofit where I can help others and create positive change. I am passionate about politics, women’s empowerment and the environment. In my free time I love being outdoors, hiking, gardening and going to concerts.
Sabrina is currently a senior at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications who is double majoring in English Literature and minoring in Film and Media Production. Sabrina hopes to pursue a career as a reporter and eventually publish a series of Young Adult fiction novels. When Sabrina isn’t busy with Arizona List or schoolwork, you’ll most likely find her writing or binging a series on Netflix.
Ranjana Iyer is a majoring in Psychology and is Passionate about Women Rights and Politics. Her interests include travelling and listening to podcasts.
Hannah is a junior in the Honors College at the University of Arizona, Her major is Political Science with emphasis in Law and Public Policy and her minor is in Gender & Women’s Studies. After obtaining her undergraduate degree, she hopes to go to law school.
Melanie Furman is a sophomore at the University of Arizona, majoring in Public Management and Policy and minoring in Sociology. At U of A, she represents the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Honors College as a student ambassador for both colleges. Outside of school, Melanie enjoys exercising, reading a good book, and promoting and practicing civic engagement.
Skye Paulus is a sophomore at The Gregory School in Tucson Arizona. Her love for politics started when her mother made her a member of Arizona List at just one year old. With the election of Trump, Skye realized the deeper importance of political activism, organizing her friends and family for both the Women’s March and the March for Our Lives.
Andy is a rising Junior at BASIS Flagstaff. After graduation, they hope to pursue a degree in anthropology and political science. Their love for politics started with their parents being active in the local community and believing political literacy to be an essential skill. They were born in L.A. to a second-generation father and dedicated mother. Their favorite way to spend time is talking politics with friends at local coffee shops.
Born and raised in Tucson, Marina spends most of her year as a third-year student at the University of Edinburgh. She is studying International Relations and planning to center her final research around gendered implications of power within current international affairs. Aside from university, Marina loves to travel, visit art exhibits, and organize to better her communities.
Aziza was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She is a senior at The University of Arizona currently pursuing a double major in Foreign Affairs and Criminal Justice, as well as a minor in Japanese. Her interests include traveling and learning about criminal justice reform.
Clara is an incoming senior at George Washington University and is majoring in International Affairs and a minoring in Spanish. With a deep love for politics and the Democratic party, she hopes to pursue a dual law and public policy degree after graduation.
Calli is a rising senior at the University of Arizona. She is pursuing a double major in Political Science and Law. After college she hopes to attend law school and work in government. Her interests include travel, cooking, and exercise.
Caroline Orson is a junior at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University, majoring in Global Studies. She is from Scottsdale, Arizona. She is very excited to be working with Arizona List and looks forward to meeting and supporting the candidates the organization has endorsed.
Angie is a current transfer sophomore student at the University of Arizona studying in Environmental and Water Resource Economics. She lived in Minnesota for 16 years and moved to Phoenix, Arizona 3 and ½ years ago. She loves to travel, spend time with family and friends, and being active.
Torrey is an incoming junior at the University of Arizona and is majoring in sociology and minoring in government and public policy.
I’m a currently an Honors Freshman student at Grand Canyon University majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in state and local public policy. My interests include art, culture, and politics. After completing my B.A. a year early, I hope to get my M.P.A. or attend law school.
Isabel grew up in Arizona and is a sophomore at Arizona State University. She is double majoring in Accountancy and Special Education and Elementary Education. Although she is just starting out her career in politics, she hopes to change the world by building a better education system.
Carmen is currently a senior at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. She has obtained an International Business certificate and is expected to earn a BS in Global Politics and a minor in Spanish Language. Her interest in politics began when she was in high school after enjoying her history classes so she is trying to gain the most experience she can in order to see where her focus will end up going forward.
Alexandra grew up in Arizona and is currently an incoming junior at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She’s double majoring in International Affairs and Hispanic Studies.
Maya has been working to elect Democrats since she was nine years old. Now she’s a junior at the University of Arizona studying political science and history. She spent the last two years working on the Tucson City elections in 2017 as an intern, and then the 2018 midterm as a staff member at the Pima County Democratic Party. Her favorite thing to do (besides studying or working) is travel, and she plans to visit all seven continents someday.
“Arizona List has shown me through organization and commitment there is the opportunity for empowerment of all people. I learned so much about how to recruit people and organize volunteers for local campaigns as well as statewide events. Through Arizona List, I obtained skills of leadership,service, and commitment that I hope to build on.”
“Being an intern for Arizona List revealed to me just how critical individual participation in local politics matters. Phonebanking, canvassing, and interacting directly with campaigns, I saw firsthand how excited people were to vote for progressive candidates for office, and I saw how dire the need for progressive policy was in some of our underserved communities.”
“Interning with Arizona List has been a truly inspirational experience for me; to see strong, intelligent women standing up on the stage of the political world and proclaiming that they will make their voice heard and they will fight for what is important to them and to all women. The strength and determination that they showed me is something that will continue to inspire me and drive me forward in all other aspects of my life.”
Breanna is a senior at Arizona State University majoring in Justice Studies and a member of the Pre-Law Society at ASU. Her interests include reading about current and previous world events, kickboxing, spending time with family and exploring this beautiful country.
Victoria Stratton is a sophomore at Arizona State University majoring in Political Science through the school of Politics and Global Studies.
Audrianna is a Sophomore at Northern Arizona University double majoring in Social Work and Crime and Criminal Justice.
“Pursuing my Bachelors in Public Health with a minor in International Relations at Northern Arizona University, I strive to become a well-rounded, dedicated civil servant. Recently, I have worked as the Senate Clerk and been elected as a Senator for Northern Arizona University’s undergraduate student government, ASNAU.”
Allison Sluga is a sophomore at Arizona State University double majoring in Political Science as well as Public Service and Public Policy with a concentration in Law and Policy. Allison is also minoring in Spanish and is working to complete certificates in International Studies and Latin American Studies.
Nicole Morote is a student from Lima, Peru starting her second year at Barrett, the Honors College in Arizona State University. She’s a double major in Marketing and Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, with a minor in Spanish Literature.
Alexa Martinez is a recent graduate of the University of Arizona, majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Psychology. She is currently living in Tucson and plans to apply to Graduate school for Forensic Psychology in the fall.
“I am an incoming senior at Arizona State University studying Communication and Marketing. I am involved in the Leadership Scholarship Program – an organization built to hone in on students’ leadership development. On top of that, I am a part of Changemaker Central at ASU which is a student run program that focuses on innovation, volunteering and civic engagement.”
Samantha is a Junior at the University of Arizona pursuing a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Public Policy and a B.A. in Law.
Katie Hull is a sophomore at the University of Arizona double majoring in Political Science and Spanish. She is originally from the Portland, Oregon area but has grown to love living in the desert.
Jane Garza is a senior at the University of Arizona studying political science and economics. Originally from Texas, she has developed an interest in Arizona politics.
Alexis is a junior at Northern Arizona University studying political science, international affairs, and French. She was born in New Orleans, Louisiana but went to high school in Tucson, Arizona.
Kendyl is a junior at the University of Arizona pursuing a major in law with a minor in history. After undergrad she hopes to go to law school to become a family lawyer focusing on child advocacy.
Ashna is a junior at BASIS Peoria High School. She’s been very involved with politics with leadership positions with the High School Democrats of Arizona and Next Generation Politics (NGP).
Emma Encinas is a sophomore at the University of Arizona. She is double majoring in PPEL (Politics, Philosophy, Economics, and Law) and Classics with an emphasis in Latin.
Missy is currently a junior at the University of Arizona double majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations along with Middles Eastern and Northern African Studies.
Lucia is a Tucson Native, having attended and graduated from University High School in 2013. Lucia then attended Northeastern University, as a National Hispanic Scholar.