Yanelle Cruz Bonilla, 23, was born in raised in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. In early 2017, Yanelle was named a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate scholar and transferred to Tufts University to complete her bachelor's degree. She worked at the Urban Institute and the Latino Victory Foundation, and completed public policy fellowships at Google and the Fund for American Studies. She's now a junior studying sociology and political science. When she's not studying, Yanelle is working as a research assistant with the Department of Sociology at Tufts. Yanelle aspires to attend a joint MPP/JD program upon graduation and then become an advocate for low-income communities through policy-making and law.