- Labor and Employment
- Poverty & Inequality
- Civil/Human Rights
- International Trade
Vlad immigrated to the United States from Bucharest, Romania at the age of 9. He was raised in Los Angeles by his single mother who had been promised a work-permit and citizenship by a private employed upon coming to American. This employer ultimately mislead them, and both soon lost their travel Visas before falling completely out of status. This did not deter Vlad from pursuing his education and he ultimately graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in Public Affairs from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Through his experiences as an undocumented person, Vlad became a leading student voice at UCLA on issues of immigrant rights. His notable accomplishments include advocating for the institutionalization of resources for undocumented students within the UC system, building a cross-campus coalition of students across the state of California and organizing a series of educational workshops and conferences in Los Angeles that supported over a thousand undocumented students in how to best pursue higher education. After graduating, Vlad worked at the UCLA Labor Center as Logistics Coordinator for several ongoing programs dedicated to developing immigrant youth leaders across the United States.
Vlad is passionate about immigration policy and is seeking his MPP to better understand the points of intersection the subject has with growing U.S. disparities in Labor, Income, Education and Trade.
Home State or Country
Los Angeles, California