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Meet Mitzy, Biocom California’s New Bay Area Policy Associate

  • 2020-12-03T16:00:00.000+0000
  • Author: Mitzy De La Peña Medina

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hello Everyone! My name is Mitzy De La Peña Medina, and I am excited to join the Biocom team. I was born and raised in the Bay Area and am a first-generation Mexican American.

I graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2016. My professional background consists of working with local, state, and federal stakeholders Bay area wide. My interest in government and the political field began in 2012 while taking part in the Obama reelection campaign. While there, I was able to make long-lasting connections that led to being involved in local and state campaigns like the election of U.S Representative Ro Khanna. My previous role consisted of working closely with the San Mateo Board of Supervisors as a community outreach specialist for the Office of Community Affairs. As a community outreach specialist, I worked closely with elected officials and interdepartmental response teams. I led a team to complete various community projects and worked alongside community-based organizations. Before that, I worked as an immigration and criminal defense paralegal managing over 300 cases. In my free time, I enjoy keeping up with fashion trends, reading, running, and hanging out with my puppy Novalee.

2. How did you become interested in Biocom?

I first learned about Biocom through LinkedIn. What captured my attention was Biocom’s mission statement to drive public policy, build a network and platform for industry leaders, and support STEM education programs. My familiarity working within government and alongside policymakers during the pandemic has helped shape my understanding of the importance of policies that are in support of the life science industry.

3. What is your biggest achievement to date?

One of the most notable outreach projects I led in my previous role with San Mateo County was the Mask Mobile. A grassroots effort, the Mask Mobile distributed over 17,000 face masks countywide and provided multi-lingual educational materials for residents that included information about where to get COVID-19 tests. The Mask Mobile – its innovative outreach technique and success in reaching vulnerable communities – was even featured in Bay Area news outlets like Kron 4, Telemundo, and NBC.

4. If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?

If I could choose anyone to be a mentor, I would choose Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Sonia Sotomayor became the first Latinx in history to be elected to the bench of the Supreme Court. After reaching one of the highest positions in American justice, her impact on women and especially Latina women is inspirational. I appreciate her transparency about the challenges she encountered and how she was never afraid to ask questions and clarification to progress in her career. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is a true trailblazer.

If I had the opportunity to choose a fictional character to be my mentor, it would be Olivia Pope from Scandal. Olivia is a powerful woman who dominated the world of Washington, D.C. I would love her playbook on problem-solving under pressure and fashion style.

5. What challenge are you most looking forward to tackling in your new position?

In my new role as Policy Associate, I look forward to the challenge of embarking on a new field and learning more about the life science industry that has played such a critical role in the advancement of science. I know Biocom emphasizes setting high goals for each team, and I look forward to being part of a team that aims high. I have a lot of experience with teamwork and working on big projects with tight deadlines. My ability to work well in a team, and to manage my time, will make me a strong team member in this environment.