Julio Mendez grew up in Inglewood, CA until he was eight years old, when he moved to the Coachella Valley. He graduated from Desert Mirage High School in 2015 and is a third-year political science and public affairs student at the University of California, Los Angeles. In high school, Julio held several leadership positions both on and off-campus. Julio has always had an interest in politics and policy ever since he was in high school. This led him to work on several local campaigns as a junior in high school, as well as lobby for youth safety issues in Washington, DC and has continued to do so on several other issues in college. For the past two summers, Julio has interned with Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia in his District Office. Apart from his community involvement student government and policy research at UCLA. He serves as a legislative advocate in the UCLA Undergraduate Students Association’s Office of the External Vice President and will continue to serve next year as Bruin Advocacy Grant Director. Julio has also enjoyed working in the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, a research think-tank aimed at addressing the most critical Latino issues as a Policy Fellow and study the intersection between urban planning policy and race/ethnicity.
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