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

Like Ocasio-Cortez, 24-year-old Arenas has achieved quite a bit for her age. Caiti Borruso

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.
@dianapearl_ diana.pearl@adweek.com Diana is the brand marketing editor at Adweek and managing editor of Brandweek.
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