Updated: Jan 5
She served in the Obama administration as the first White House Deputy Director for Hispanic Media, after which she worked for Univision as a Senior Advisor for Innovation and Communications.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2021
Contact: Marcos Rodriguez Maciel
LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, women’s health advocate, Univision advisor and former White House Deputy Director for Hispanic Media Alejandra Campoverdi endorsed Marina Torres in her campaign to become Los Angeles City Attorney. Marina A. Torres is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California whose candidacy gains momentum amassing endorsements from elected and community leaders.
“I am thrilled to have Alejandra support our campaign,” said Torres.
“As a Latina who has worked in media, civil service and health advocacy, I know the impact of diverse voices in leadership. We need more accomplished people fighting for justice, representation and progress - and I know Marina is one of those women leading the charge,” said Campoverdi. “Marina has been protecting our communities through the legal system. I know we will all be better off as a city with her leadership.I am proud to endorse Marina’s campaign and vision for Los Angeles City Attorney.”
Alejandra Campoverdi serves as a Commissioner for the California Children and Families Commission, also known as First 5 California. Campoverdi was raised in Los Angeles by her single mother and grandmother who immigrated from Mexico. She graduated from the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism in Southern California. She served in the Obama administration as the first White House Deputy Director for Hispanic Media, after which she worked for Univision as a Senior Advisor for Innovation and Communications.
“I am thrilled to have Alejandra support our campaign,” said Torres. “Her commitment to improving the lives of the Latinx community, as well as the fight for equity in every chapter of her life has inspired my own path. I’m excited at the prospect of working with her to make Los Angeles a more livable place for all Angelenos.”
Torres is the daughter of undocumented parents who, like many others, came from Mexico in pursuit of a better life. She was born in Los Angeles County before her parents moved to a struggling neighborhood in the Inland Empire. Her father worked at the Sunkist Factory in Ontario until he passed away when Torres was just two-and-a-half years old. Her single mother worked a variety of jobs to keep the family afloat. As the oldest of three, she helped look after her younger brothers while her mother was at work. Growing up, the fear of her mother’s deportation was never too far away.
Although English was her second language, Torres understood that education was the only way to help her family and community move forward. While working as a cashier at Burger King to afford the fees for her Advanced Placement tests, she graduated near the top of her high school class and was admitted to the University of California, Berkeley when she was just 16 years old. Torres juggled a full class schedule, many student government activities and a 20-hour work week to send money home to help support her family. She graduated in 2004 with a double major in Political Science and Rhetoric, a minor in Ethnic Studies, and with honors.
After college, Torres served as an AmeriCorps Fellow at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, traveling across Illinois to provide litigation aid to migrant farmworkers who were victimized by recruiters and employers. She returned to California to attend Stanford Law School, where she served on the executive board of the Stanford Law Review and was co-president of the Stanford Latino Law Students’ Association. After being appointed by President Obama to work in the Department of Homeland Security, Torres became a federal prosecutor at the United States Department of Justice under President Obama and now under President Joe Biden.
For more information, please visit www.MarinaTorres.com.
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