Debbie Mucarsel-Powell immigrated to the United States from Ecuador
as a young girl with her mother and sisters in search of better
opportunities. Mucarsel-Powell was first elected to Congress in 2018.
She ran because the same opportunities that allowed her and her family to
improve their lives have been disappearing for too many of their neighbors.
Mucarsel-Powell has spent the last 20 years dedicated to improving the
lives of underserved communities in Miami-Dade, working for non-profit
organizations such as the Hope Center, Zoo Miami Foundation, and the Coral
Restoration Foundation, and since 2003 at the College of Health at Florida
International University and, since its inception, the Herbert Wertheim College
of Medicine. She has worked tirelessly to establish and grow the Green Family
Foundation NeighborhoodHELP program at FIU and improve healthcare access
for more Floridians.
When she took her oath of office
in 2019 to represent Florida’s 26th
congressional district as the first
Ecuadorian-American and first South
American immigrant member of
Congress, she promised to protect and
uphold the values that helped her
succeed in America.
She stood out in the freshman
class of the 116th Congress when she
was appointed to the House Judiciary
Committee, where she sits on the
Immigration & Citizenship Subcommittee
and Crime, Terrorism, & Homeland
Security Subcommittee. Debbie also
sits on the Transportation & Infrastructure
Committee, where she advocates for
South Florida on the Water Resources
& Environment Subcommittee and
Economic Development, Public Buildings, & Emergency Management
Ocasio-Cortez is a
educator, and organizer serving the
14th district of New York in the Bronx
Ocasio-Cortez grew up experiencing the reality of New York’s rising
income inequality, inspiring her to organize her community and run for
office on a progressive platform with a campaign that rejects corporate
During the 2016 presidential election, she worked as a volunteer
organizer for Bernie Sanders in the South Bronx, expanding her skills in
electoral organizing and activism that has taken her across the country and
to Standing Rock, South Dakota to stand with indigenous communities,
then back to New York’s 14th Congressional District to launch her
people-funded, grassroots campaign for Congress.
Since her swearing-in to Congress in January of 2019,
Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has remained committed to serving
working class people over corporate interests and advocating for social,
racial, economic, and environmental justice.
Note: At the time of photoshoot and interview, Congresswoman
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. was not available to participate.
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