Her first job was with the Brooklyn Cyclones, which matched her love for baseball and softball. She attended Wheaton College in Massachusetts, where she studied economics, and interned at the Business Outreach Center Network.
But in a way, local government was always in her blood. Acevedo’s mother worked for Community Board 1 in Manhattan since she was 19, and now serves as first vice chair of Community Board 13 in Brooklyn.
Acevedo also grew up in a middle-class family. Her mother worked two jobs to put her through college. Her sister even moved out of New York because it was too expensive to stay.
“I got to see and experience the daily struggles,” she said.
After studying abroad in Spain, Acevedo came back to Brooklyn and interned for Congresswoman Yvette Clarke in her press office. That’s where she learned about local politics and communications.
“I absolutely loved everything about it,” she said.
After graduating college, Acevedo briefly worked for the Hillary Clinton campaign before being hired by State Senator Michael Gianaris as his communications director.
Now, Acevedo works for New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy as deputy press secretary. She said his progressive views are the future of the country.
“Phil’s views are the direction that this country should taking,” she said. “He is working now to fix the environment, to provide affordable college for all.”
Acevedo is even more encouraged by the surge of women candidates running for office and being engaged in politics. She said now more than ever, the country needs elected officials who fight for women and immigrants’ rights.
“If you have the ability to get out there, to knock doors and hear people’s stories and talk to them, you are the representative that communities need,” she said.