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Mariana Rivera , 26, was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Once she arrived in NYC at the age of 18, Mariana devoted her time to public service and grassroots community organizing through her work with city and state elected officials in the Bronx. She is currently pursuing an associate's degree in paralegal studies at Hostos Community College. She is a member of the Hostos Leadership Academy. She would like to pursue a career in public administration and work towards educating the community about their rights, resources, and opportunities for improvement. Mariana is interested in pursuing a law degree and would like to ultimately establish a foundation that provides legal services to low-income residents.