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A Conversation with Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández '82
Monday, February 01, 2021, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
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Yale Club of DC Virtual Event


A Conversation with
Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández '82


Monday, February 1, 2021


This meeting will be conducted on Zoom.  Instructions will be provided upon registration

Please join our partnership of Yale alumni organizations for a virtual conversation with Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández ’82, the first ever Latina or Latino alum from Yale to be elected to the U.S. Congress. Congratulations, Representative Leger Fernández!
Hear about her experiences before Yale, at Yale, and beyond, and ask her questions about her journey and priorities for the future. This event is co-sponsored by the Yale Club of Washington, D.C., Yale Association of New Mexico, 1stGenYale, Yale Latino Alumni Network, Native American Yale Alumni, and YaleWomen.

About the Speaker

Teresa Leger Fernandez was born in New Mexico. Her mother was a bilingual educator and her father, Ray Leger, served as a member of the New Mexico Senate. After graduating from West Las Vegas High School, Leger Fernandez earned a B.A. from Yale and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

From Stanford Law School, Leger Fernandez returned to New Mexico to work as an attorney, specializing in community-building and tribal advocacy. Leger Fernandez was a White House Fellow during the Clinton Administration and later served on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation during the Obama Administration. She also worked as a liaison between the White House Office and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. For 30 years, Leger Fernandez has operated Leger Law and Strategy, LLC in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The firm focuses on community development, tribal advocacy, civil rights, and social justice.

In 2020, Leger Fernandez won the election for New Mexico’s District 3 in the House of Representatives. She is now the first Yale Latina in the U.S. House of Representatives, recently elected to be the Freshman representative for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.  

Support the Yale Club of Washington, DC

The Yale Club of Washington, DC offers this event at no cost to our members and alumni.  However, we do ask for your support in one or both of the following ways: 

1)      Please become a member if you are not one already

2)      Donate to the Yale Club of Washington, DC (see option on registration page). 

Membership dues and donations are both critical income sources for the Club, which enable Club operations, programs, and financial viability.



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