My name is Victoria Vena, and I am a part of the Class of 2021 at American University. In addition to a BA in CLEG (Communications, Law, Economics, and Government) with a minor in Public Health, I am also earning a certificate in Advanced Leadership through the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program. After I graduate in 2021, I plan to apply to American University’s four year J.D. program to earn my law degree.

I am engaged within both the AU community as well as the D.C. community, and I do this through various clubs and volunteer activities. I currently serve as the External Outreach Coordinator for the Kennedy Political Union, the Secretary for Phi Alpha Delta (the co-ed pre-law fraternity), and a desk receptionist for AU Housing and Residence Life. I have taken advantage of my D.C. location by acting as a policy intern for the Addiction Policy Forum, organizing food at the Capital Area Food Pantry, and repurposing food waste at D.C. Central Kitchen in my spare time. I strive to spend my time as a college student as an active, caring member of the community, and I live by the principle that the “service you do for others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth” (Muhammad Ali).

Some of my passions within legislative areas include agriculture and food security, civil rights, housing and community development, and substance misuse and mental health care.

My proudest achievement thus far was working to start a grassroots organization, Community in Crisis, in order to bring local attention to the opiate and heroin crisis in New Jersey. I acted as the Head Youth Coordinator for three years, and it is the accomplishment I feel the most passionate about. During my time with this organization, I worked to recruit local youth, write grant proposals, and complete ground work with promotion and customer relations.

If you have any questions or would like to reach out to chat,  please feel free to email me at vv0969a@student.american.edu!