Juan Diego “JD” Mazura Arias ’20 says his education and professional work is driven by his immigrant experience to scale social impact, digitally upskill the Latino workforce, and cultivate economic empowerment in marginalized communities. A Golden Door Scholar at Queens, JD was dedicated to supporting the rights of immigrants and LGBTQIA individuals. Formerly a fellow with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Aspen Institute, JD is currently a Georgina and Charlotte Bloomberg Public Service Fellow pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration at NYU’s Robert Wagner School of Public Service. You can read some of his work on digitalization and the Latino workforce in the Harvard Kennedy School’s Journal of Hispanic Policy.
“Queens University of Charlotte’s political science department helped equip me with the expertise and skills needed to excel in policy work. These invaluable experiences prepared me for roles at the Aspen Institute Latinos & Society Program, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s office, the Century Foundation, NYU Wagner, and Kyndryl. I am grateful for the comprehensive education and practical opportunities that shaped my career path in workforce development, technology, immigration, and government affairs.”