Carlos Adolfo Gonzalez Sierra is a Gates Cambridge Scholar pursuing an MPhil in Latin American Studies at the University of Cambridge. His dissertation explores the implications of politically empowered diasporas for Latin American democracies.
He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Interdisciplinary U.S. Latino Studies from Amherst College. As an undergraduate student, he sat of several administrative committees and chaired La Causa, an organization which brings Latino students together to celebrate their culture and provides advocacy and support. He also led student efforts to institutionalize a Latino Studies major at the college.
After graduating from Amherst College, he engaged voters in immigrant communities in Chicago, IL, working on the Raise the Wage campaign. Following the campaign, he worked as a legislative assistant in the Office of Congressman Michael Honda in Washington, DC. His role focused on legislation around immigration and Latin American issues. He then assisted newly arrived Cuban refugees become economically self-sufficient as an Employment Specialist at Church World Service, one of the largest refugee resettlement organisations in the United States. He also helped organize the first statewide gathering of undocumented youth in Pennsylvania and led advocacy efforts for the Pennsylvania DREAM Act, a bill which would increase access to higher education for undocumented youth in the state.