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Meet the 2020 Fellows!

Arturo Montoya NHMC’s Summer 2020 Policy Fellow Art Montoya is a third-year law student at the University of La Verne College of Law. Prior to law school he obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University, Long Beach and a master’s in business administration degree from the UCI Paul Merage School of Business. As an advocate, he is committed to providing more opportunities for the Latinx community, specifically in advocating for affordable and free internet services as well as putting a stop to hate speech in social media. He is a native to Los Angeles, specifically growing up in the city of Downey. He has always been passionate about advocating for the Latinx community, from mentoring Latinx college students, promoting the local arts, and working on policy to address the affordable housing and homeless issues in Los Angeles. He later hopes to advocate for policy change on a higher level in Washington DC. At the University of La Verne, he is the Communications Chair of the Latino Law Student Association, and a former representative of the Student Body Association, as well as former Co-Chair of the Community Service Committee for the Delta Theta Phi Fraternity. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, going on walks with his dog, Scout, photography, and traveling. He is a previous Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar, was featured in Downey’s 40 Under 40, was a student ambassador at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Leadership Conference and awarded the Heart of Advocacy – Community Service & Civic Engagement Award by the University of La Verne. As a policy fellow, he hopes to gain a better understanding of how to write and advocate for federal policy change in the telecommunications field.  
Maria Mercado NHMC’s Summer 2020 Univision Fellow
Maria Mercado is an NHMC Summer 2020 Fellow that works with this organization to advocate on behalf of the Latinx community in the tech policy and media representation space. As a Fellow, she will be exposed to a 10-week crash course in how federal policy is created, defended, and dismantled nationally. It will also teach a methodology for investigating the lack of Latinx media representation and prompt solution making on the student’s behalf.

Prior to joining NHMC, Maria worked throughout her community to help disadvantaged youth through programs such as Valley Kids Care in which she mentored elementary school students in an after school program. She was also a member of the Grant Advisory Board for Youth that helped provide youth-led organizations with grants in the greater Sacramento area. Her work has always focused on helping those in disadvantaged communities which have often been communities of color.

Maria grew up in Sacramento, California, and is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Her parents have raised their children to be hardworking and to value family and education. Because of this, Maria has a passion for advocacy and giving back to her community.

Currently, Maria is a rising Sophomore at the University of California, Los Angeles where she is majoring in political science and Chicanx studies. She is a proud Chicana. Outside of work, she enjoys running and spending time with family.