“You look around, and you don’t see as many faces that look like yours.”
That’s what White House Counsel Executive Assistant Kenneth Sandoval says in of the lack of diversity in Washington D.C.’s political community in an exclusive video produced by NBC Latino.
The 25-year-old from New Mexico is part of a growing cohort of millennial Latinos who work at the White House and are subsequently changing the face of politics in D.C.
In the video above, Sandoval, along with several other young Latinos, discuss their dedication to civic engagement, the responsibility they feel to represent their communities and the paths that led them to the White House.
“Every time I walk into the White House, I not only feel the responsibility to make sure that I’m doing the best that I can do in my job, but in many ways I feel the weight of my community and my family,” shares Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Elias Alcantara, who is Dominican and hails from the Bronx.
Other White House staffers featured in the video debunk widely held beliefs about politics and share personal anecdotes about their interactions with President Obama.
Watch the video above or read the accompanying article to learn more about the young Latinos of the Obama White House.