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Nevertheless, Becerra’s office guided her through the application process for a fellowship with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. She got the call right after graduation in June 2010 — she was heading to D.C.
Arriola was offered places with Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), then the House Majority Leader, and with Reid. Thanks to the program, she had the chance to do both.
Some questioned why she didn’t work for a Hispanic Member.
“I had that experience in Becerra’s office,” she said. “I thought it would be interesting to see the other sides of leadership.”
Working for Reid’s office also gave her the opportunity to work with some highly regarded Hispanics on the Hill, including Senior Policy Adviser Angela Arboleda.
As her fellowship with Reid’s office came to an end in March, Arriola was offered the chance to become the new press secretary for Hispanic media, an opportunity that she jumped at. As the one-year anniversary of her arrival in D.C. approaches, she uses her job as a media liaison to connect back to the community, the place where it all began for her.
“The media was the only source that we had to find out what was going on,” Arriola said. “The media is very trusted in our community. My new role helps me tell them what’s happening in the halls of Congress, and I’m excited about that.”
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