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Veronica Juarez

Veronica Juarez

social change agent

Playing Big. Taking risks. Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable. And making it magical.

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2015 Levo 100 Honoree: Transformers

Levo 100 celebrates inspiring Millennials who are transforming the world as we know it. The Transformers category recognizes those who advance civilization and teach inspiration—social activists, career coaches, nonprofit builders, and other amazing minds who enable us to be better.

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Lyft

Director of Government Relations

In June of 2013, I was the first government relations hire for Lyft, joining the company when there were less than 60 employees and tasked with building a policy effort and team that needed to scale as fast as the company would. In the next year, I successfully led the effort to enter and green-lit over 50 markets, including markets that competitors had unsuccessfully tried to enter for years and our team grew from one to 25.

Working at the forefront of transforming an incumbent industry is a singular experience and on the team we liken it to working on a presidential campaign, with no end date. Two years later and what I love about Lyft hasn't changed- we are a mission driven company, committed to solving a challenge that communities and families have struggled with for decades, affordable transportation.

Here's hoping the ride never ends.

Career

Fast Company - Most Creative People 2015

This year I was included in Fast Company Magazine's Most Creative People in Business list.

This recognition of our work as a company and a team was a huge honor and I was able to chat about challenges, creative inspiration, and the man who taught me the most about business - my father.

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Changing the World...one ride at a time

BeVisible is an online community for Latinas to connect to peers and mentors to share content and ask questions. I sat down with them recently to talk about my work and journey to tech. Like Levo League, I am glad BeVisible exists to connect us and our experiences.

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political staffer

and student

For a decade I worked on countless campaigns and for various elected officials to learn from the experts how to negotiate social change within government. From Congressman Honda, to Houston Mayor Bill White, to my friend, John Whitmire, the longest serving State Senator in Texas, I learned that a love for politics to create change not only runs in my family, it runs through my veins.

Stanford University

Bachelor of Arts, Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity

I designed my major around social justice issues studying everything from affirmative action to the foster care system. I co-founded a chapter of Sigma Theta Psi, a multicultural interest sorority and led the effort for the first community center at Stanford, El Centro Chicano, to fundraise on its own. But I came alive when I joined and performed with Los Salser@s de Stanford.

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Phillips Exeter Academy

"Goodness without knowledge... is weak and feeble, yet knowledge without goodness is dangerous.... Both united form the noblest character and lay the surest foundation of usefulness to mankind." - John Phillips, Founder of Phillips Exeter Academy

Education