Co-Founder Conchita Cruz is a Co-Executive Director at the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP). Conchita is currently a Roddenberry Fellow and is a past recipient of a Skadden Fellowship and Gruber Fellowship in Global Justice and Women’s Rights.
Prior to law school, Conchita served as Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) and as Chief of Staff for State Senator Gustavo Rivera of the Bronx. Conchita has worked as a policy and political advisor for progressive local, state, and federal candidates in Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, and New York, and served as a Spanish-language spokeswoman for President Obama’s re-election campaign. She has also worked as a community organizer for the Central American Resource Center, and hosted a Spanish-language radio show in South Carolina focusing on immigration issues.
She graduated with honors from Brown University in 2007 with a degree in International Relations and Latin American Studies, and earned her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2016, where she co-founded ASAP. Conchita served as President of the American Constitution Society (ACS) at Yale and Chair of the Latinx Law Students Association (LLSA). She later served as a law clerk to Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga in the Southern District of Florida.
Conchita is originally from Miami, Florida, and is the daughter of a Guatemalan immigrant and Cuban refugee. Conchita speaks Spanish, English, Portuguese, and French.