BS '15, BA '15, MBA '20 | Alexandria, VA
TITLE: Chief of Staff
COMPANY: U.S. House of Representatives,
Congressman Darren Soto
INDUSTRY: Government Services
Born and raised in Miami, Florida to Cuban-American parents, Liana Guerra first learned about the importance of public service through her mom, a public-school teacher in Miami-Dade County. Over the last eight years, Liana has gained experience at the local, state and federal levels of government. She has also worked on several political efforts, including two presidential elections, a Florida gubernatorial election and for the Democratic National Committee. Currently, Liana serves as 1 of 7 Latina Deputy Chiefs of Staff on Capitol Hill, working for U.S. Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09).
Liana is passionate about finding solutions for immigration reform, education and empowering women in the workplace. In 2016, the Huffington Post named her one of“18 Amazing Women Fighting for Latinas Everyday”. In 2020, she was awarded the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute’s “Vermillion Award” for her commitment to uplifting the Hispanic community.
Liana recently earned the title “Double Gator” after completing her B.A. in economics and political science (2015) and an MBA (2020). Her love and commitment to UF extends beyond the classroom. She serves as a member of the UF Bob Graham Center’s Council of Advisors and President-Elect of the UF Association of Hispanic Alumni. In 2020, she was awarded the “Young Alumni Horizon Award” from UF’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
In 2019, Liana co-founded Girl Grit, an online community, podcast and blog series that explores the personal stories of young professional women who are innovating and redefining success in business, politics and local communities.
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