Valeria Andersen
Advocate, Women's Center for Advancement

Valeria Andersen, a twenty-three-year-old immigrant from Peru and former DACA recipient, is committed to becoming elected for Congress one day as a First-Generation Latina Woman Representative, advocating on behalf of racial minorities who believe they don't have the ability or power to speak up against injustices. Mrs. Andersen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from Sonoma State University, and a Master of Arts in Political Science and a Graduate Certificate in National Security and Intelligence from the University of Nebraska Omaha. Her background in politics, and business, as well as volunteer work and mentorship programs fuel her inspiration for social change. Currently, Valeria works at the Women's Center for Advancement, assisting women who have been victims of domestic abuse or sexual assault. Additionally, she is a mentor for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Omaha. Her list of languages that she is fluent in includes English, Spanish, and some Italian. Outside of the office, Valeria likes to immerse herself in community service, travel, and cook. She is married to Tyler Andersen, a member of the United States Air Force and has two dogs, Lacey and Romeo. If she could trade places with anyone for a day, Valeria would choose Malala Yousafzai, due to her perseverance and ambition in continuing her advocacy work for human rights despite an assassination attempt by the Taliban at the age of fifteen.