Alumni spotlight

Isela Blanc, Ready to Lead® Arizona

Arizona State Representative Isela Blanc first came to NALP with a zero political experience. This formerly undocumented Arizona State University graduate was curious about how campaigns worked. She was not interested in running for office at all.

But her passion for the children in her community, her focus on education and her deep understanding of immigrant communities was undeniable. At the training, she was encouraged to run for office. After weeks of mulling it over, she decided to say yes. She ran for office, beat the incumbent and won. Isela Blanc was inaugurated as a first time Arizona State Representative in January, 2017.

 

What they are saying

“NALP was my chrysalis. It was a transformative experience that allowed me to better understand myself.”

Ylenia Aguilar, Ready to Lead, Southwest

Having experienced a number of “firsts” (firstborn, first born in the US, first to graduate from high school and college), I learned early on in life that if you want something you have to go after it and pave the way. I also realized that I don’t have to wait for someone else to create change in my community and that I have a responsibility to use my voice.

Evelyn Kelly, Ready to Lead Northeast

I grew up in a country that was ruled by a dictator. My community was not allowed to participate in the political process. That experience taught me the importance of advocacy and the moral obligation to stand up for the oppressed. I am grateful to NALP for empowering immigrants like myself and teaching us how to become better leaders for our community.

Harry Budisidharta, Ready to Lead Colorado