Isaac Alejandro Velez is a student in the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University, studying Public Policy and Political Science. Velez is interested in the intersection of politics, policy, and economics and their effects on working families and underserved communities. As an Undergraduate Associate at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Velez studies the application of politics in government and community engagement. As a former member of the Rutgers University Student Assembly, he instituted and formalized a process for minority communities that have a disproportionate amount of police contact to hold voting positions on the Rutgers University Police Department Hiring Board. In 2018, he interned for the Fairfax County, VA Board of Supervisors, and, in 2019, he interned for Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10), where he supported constituent service programs and outreach. Velez currently serves as the State and Federal Policy intern at Results for America, where he advocates for data-driven and evidence-based policies, practices, and budgets. He was the Political Director of a Congressional campaign for NJ-10, and a volunteer for Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. Passionate about promoting policies that stimulate upwards economic mobility, Velez is pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Policy at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. In the future, he hopes to attain a JD to protect vulnerable communities.