Alaina Ruffin is a Northern Virginia native, born and raised in Herndon, VA, just outside of Washington, D.C. She recently graduated summa cum laude from George Mason University’s Honors College with a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing & Rhetoric, earning additional honors from her major and for Phi Beta Kappa. Alaina is a driven, passionate advocate of Black racial and political equity, particularly in voting rights, education, and criminal legal reform. Throughout her undergraduate career, Alaina’s extracurricular activities included spending all four years of her college journey as an active member of the George Mason Chapter of the NAACP, including as an officer of the Chapter for three of those years –– rising from Social Justice Chair, to Vice President, to President; serving within the Virginia State Conference NAACP Youth & College Division; becoming a Spring 2023 Initiate of the Omicron Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc; and much more. Her advocacy work has included educating young prospective voters on registration and absentee voting, facilitating discussions to advocate for myriad social justice issues –– ranging from candidate forums to intersectionality trainings, and speaking at the Supreme Court on behalf of the National NAACP Youth & College Division in defense of affirmative action. Upon concluding her internship with the CBCF, Alaina’s top aspirations include continuing to work in the nonprofit realm to enhance her understanding of civil rights issues and advance equitable policies, as well as furthering her education by pursuing a Master’s degree and, one day, attending law school.