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Two years ago, Maria Arenas had just graduated from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn (where she earned a BFA in graphic design and worked in the school’s print labs). She sent her resumé to “over 50 places” before she was hired as a graphic designer for New York design agency Tandem in September 2016. At the time, she was Tandem’s third employee, and the company was about a year old.
Around the corner from the Tandem offices in Union Square is Flats Fix, a Mexican restaurant that previously counted congressional hopeful Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a bartender.