Author Archives: Karen Vanegas

About Karen Vanegas

Writer Karen Vanegas grew up in the District of Columbia and graduated from Mount Holyoke College. She majored in International Relations with a focus in Economic Development. Her interest for economics sparked while interning for The World Bank.  Karen worked for the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru and the D.C. Mayor’s Office. She has collaborated with the Hispanic College Fund in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, California. Karen mentors first-generation college students. She is a first-generation college graduate. Karen Vanegas is member of the Advisory Board for the D.C. Latino Caucus and a Policy Fellow for the YWCA, the largest women's advocacy association in the United States. You can contact her at and follow her on twitter @ DCKarenV

First Elected Latina to Public Office in Maryland Campaigning for Re-Election

Maryland became Ana Sol Gutierrez’s home when her father, Jorge Sol Castellanos served as an official for the Organization of American States. An entity founded on the principles of solidarity and cooperation among the nations of the Americas. Gutierrez’s father … read more »

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Political Representation of Minorities in DC Election

Women, the LGBT community, and racial minorities of the District made history in the April primary election. Councilwoman Muriel Bowser defeated Mayor Vincent Gray as Democratic nominee candidate for Mayor. In the general election, she will face David Catania, a … read more »

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Record Number of Latino Candidates on Local D.C. Ballot

A record number of Latinos are running for office in Washington D.C. Pedro Rubio is campaigning  for D.C. Council At Large and Franklin Garcia for U.S. Representative. Seven Latinos are on the ballot for D.C. Democratic State Committee. Among the … read more »

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