Originally from Nicaragua, José’s immigrant background grounds his work and commitment to educational opportunity. He was the first in his family to attain a college degree from the University of Florida (UF) thanks to the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program (MFOS). At UF he dedicated his time to working on social issues affecting the Latinx community through political and advocacy campaigns, as well as lobbying the state legislature for in-state tuition for undocumented students. He returned to Miami to teach English as a Second Language to students from similar backgrounds as his own. This experience sparked a desire to see change at the policy level that would allow his students to successfully navigate the challenges that come with being a recent immigrant trying to adjust to a new country, culture, and educational system. Thus, he moved to Washington D.C. to complete a Policy Fellowship with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI). He hopes to continue learning and developing his own policy skills to find solutions and advocate on behalf of students that are voiceless on Capitol Hill.