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Israel's Story

Israel

My passion for public service started when I registered new citizens to vote in my community while in middle school. From that moment, my forward trajectory has always involved public service. Shortly after graduating law school, I was named a 2014 Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Law Fellow and worked for the House Financial Services Committee advocating for consumer protections for those in the most vulnerable circumstances. Subsequently, I was named a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) where I was able to work for the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in Washington, D.C. I helped increase access to capital to small businesses in low-to-moderate income areas and enforced our fair lending protection laws. While in D.C., I also served as a Reserve Police Officer to help bridge the trust between the community and those entrusted with the responsibility for the welfare of community members. Recently, I joined the United State Army Reserve, where I earned my Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. As a First Generation American, I am indebted to this country for the numerous opportunities it has provided me and my immigrant parents. Being back in my hometown, South Los Angeles, I am grateful to be engaged in public service as a federal employee, serving for my reserve unit as a Commissioned Officer, and being engaged civically as a community member through various volunteering activities. I hope to be able to keep serving my community and nation as my career progresses.