This 24-Year-Old Was a Patron at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Bar. Now, She's Her Campaign Designer

The brain behind the materials for one of the country's buzziest political candidates

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.

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This story first appeared in the August 6, 2018, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.