Andrew Mendoza

Job title: 
NAVCAL Mentor, NAV2CAL Mentor, NAVCAL Alumni

Andrew is a recent graduate from UC Berkeley. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2022. His goal is to do a PhD/JD joint program at a Yale or Harvard.  As a low-income, first-generation, EOP, and DSP student, Andrew received the prestigous Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholarship. He previously grew up in Section 8 housing and has suffered from homelessness. He decided to come to Cal because it was the best financial and geographical option for him, but also to gain the knowledge he must gain in order to leave an impact on the world. His career in politics is fueled by his desire to represent the interests of his community at higher levels. He has dedicated every single part of his life in order to leave a legacy that will forever change the course of those that are marginalized by the political system.

Current Employment/Post-Grad Status:

Andrew is currently a Congressional Intern in the Office of the Majority Leader Steny Hoyer in U.S. House of Representatives!

Accolades as a Student:

  • Presented to Congress (2021)
  • NAVCAL Student Facilitator Position
  • Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Golden Heights Project
  • Ronald E. McNair Scholars Research Program Recipient
  • Public Policy Leadership Conference Fellow—Harvard Kennedy School
  • Funded Research Position with Professor Gabriel Lenz
  • Justice Corps Fellow Recipient
  • Legal Intern for the Phillips Black Project
  • UnidosUS Lideres Avanzando Fellowship Recipient
  • Chicanx Latinx Alumni Association Covid-Relief Fund Recipient
  • Penn State Explore Law Program Fellow
  • Started therapy; has made genuine progress
  • Received 3+ Letters of Recommendation