Rising Stars: Kimberly Sanchez, NextGen Policy

Kimberly Sanchez photo by Scott Duncan

Though Kimberly Yareni Sanchez grew up amid poverty and gang violence, she managed to graduate from college at age 19. Now just 21, she is an education policy analyst at NextGen, a nonprofit advocating for progressive policy.


Rising stars: Mario Vasquez Zuniga, Lucas Public Affairs

Mario Vasquez Zuniga. Photo by Scott Duncan, Capitol Weekly

Mario Vasquez Zuniga is a digital strategist, co-owner of a flower shop and a passionate LGBTQ+ advocate. The 28-year-old, who immigrated from El Salvador as a young child and grew up in the Palmdale-Lancaster area, loves coming up with creative solutions to problems. “I definitely have an entrepreneur spirit,” he said.

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