Alejandra C. Salinas
Scholar Class – 2013
Alejandra was born in San Antonio, Texas and raised in Laredo, Texas a primarily Hispanic community on the TexasMexico border. Alejandra first became engaged in politics during the 2006 Immigration Debate when she organized a school walkout as a sophmore in high school to protest immigration reform. That experience solidifed her passion for empowering underrepresented communities to find their voice.
From August 2010 through September 2012, Alejandra served as the first Hispanic President of the College Democrats of America (CDA), the official youth arm of the Democratic Party. During her tenure, CDA experienced membership growth, hosted conventions with record attendance, and increased investments in state organizations. Politics Daily has named her one of the “Five Rising Stars Age 25 and Under.” In May 2011, Alejandra delivered one of four remarks nominating Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz as Chair of the Democratic National Committee. In addition, Alejandra also served as the Vice Chair of the DNC Youth Council and a member of the DNCLGBT Caucus. In June 2012, as a member of the Democratic National Convention Platform Committee, Alejandra voted to incorporate marriage equality into the Democratic Party platform.
Alejandra was a super delegate and addressed the floor at the Democratic National Convention on September 6, 2012, in a nationally broadcast speech. During the speech, Alejandra voiced her support for the President and came out to her friends and family as an “LGBT Latina.” She has appeared on various national media outlets including Teen Vogue, USA Today, MTV, CNN, Politico, The Advocate, Univision, and Telemundo. Alejandra attends Boston College Law and hopes to pursue a career as a litigator.