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How a Denver Politician is Using Her Experience as a Latinx woman to Battle Educational Inequity

Angela Cobian

At 10 years old, Angela Cobián wanted nothing more than to be a princess. But as the daughter of Mexican immigrants living in Colorado, Cobián’s parents had bigger plans for her. The treasurer of the Denver Board of Education and a member of Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) — a nonprofit organization that develops civic leaders dedicated to ending the injustice of educational inequity — Cobián is well-versed in the issues that affect the Latinx community. Honored to serve in her home state, she’s determined to inspire the next generation and make political offices more representative of their constituents.

“When I was 11, my dad got me really interested in politics. And that’s when I shifted my mindset around,” Cobián told POPSUGAR. “I realized: ‘Oh, I don’t want to actually be a princess. I want to be an elected leader,’ but I didn’t know how to become one because I’m the daughter of Mexican immigrants. I learned English as a second language, and my parents didn’t have institutional knowledge regarding how our political or education systems work.”