Congressional District 2
Ana Vergara is passionate about worker’s rights advocacy and is the Lead Wage Theft Investigator/ State Outreach Coordinator for the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. Ana holds a Masters in Human Rights from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where she was awarded the 2019 Paul and Sheila Wellstone Award for Public Action for embodying the spirit, passion, and dedication of the late U.S. senator and his wife. Ana has heavily focused much of her research on asylum seekers at the southern border and family separation. In fact, at the height of family separation, Ana worked as a refugee campaigner at the Amnesty International headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Ana’s drive for advocacy work comes from being a daughter to Mexican immigrants from Puebla and Chihuahua. She was raised in Shakopee, Minnesota where much of her immediate family immigrated. Ana was the first in her family to graduate with a BA. and currently mentors other first generation students of color at Augsburg University. She previously, taught ESL to immigrants and refugees in Chaska. She also worked as an educator in South Korea, where she gained her love for Kimchi in burritos. Additionally, she is a board member to the Shakopee Diversity Alliance, where she oversees events and town halls that facilitate solidarity amongst Shakopee’s diverse community.