Victoria Ochoa is a Toll Public Interest Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She is the Conference Chair for Penn’s Latinx Law Student Association and most recently completed a legal internship at the ACLU of Texas. Victoria graduated from St. Edward’s University, where she explored how government impacted and engaged majority-minority communities through internships at the Texas House of Representatives, the U.S. House of Representatives, Annie’s List, the White House, and as a research intern at Stanford. After graduation, Victoria focused on economic development and equity building in the Southwest. She advocated for higher education in the New Mexico state legislature and was a Schedule C Presidential Appointee during the Obama administration, where she worked as an assistant in the Secretary of Commerce’s office. She also worked in the office of U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) as an Assistant to the Chief of Staff. She has been recognized nationally as a Harry S. Truman Scholar and has published pieces in the Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, Texas Tribune, and Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review on the vibrancy of the Rio Grande Valley, her predominantly Latino hometown region on the U.S.-Mexico border.
She is a 2019 participant in AICGS’ “Transatlantic Young Leadership Program: Giving Voice to Diversity,” sponsored by the AT&T Foundation.