Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez is a third-generation Bronxite, educator, and organizer mounting a historic campaign for Congress in NY-14 (East Bronx, Northern Queens, Rikers Island). After growing up experiencing the reality of New York’s rising income inequality, Ocasio-Cortez dedicated her life to education organizing and activism, eventually mounting a 100% volunteer, no-corporate PAC effort to collect thousands of signatures and trigger the first NY-14 primary in almost a generation. As a member of a large Puerto Rican extended family, Ocasio grew up with a deep understanding of how one's zip code determines one's access to opportunity and economic well-being. After graduating from Boston University with degrees in Economics and International Relations, Ocasio worked in policy and education arenas while waiting tables to help her family keep afloat after her father's passing during the 2008 financial crisis. She understands working families and in Congress, she will fight for them.