Harvard student, Mexican politician

I’ve officially entered into the world of Mexican politics. Sort of.

A few weeks ago, I emailed around some Harvard organizations, looking for Harvardians traveling or working in the Yucatan over the summer, and who might potentially make interesting stories for the Gazette. Unknowingly, one of my emails was forwarded to Lilia Aguilar, a former state representative for Chihuahua and a student at Harvard Kennedy School.

Lilia will not be in the Yucatan — because after she graduates, she’ll resume campaigning to be a member of Mexico’s national congress. Lilia was a perfect candidate for a series of graduate profiles the Gazette runs every year in conjunction with Harvard’s Commencement. So in late April, Lilia and I met in Harvard Square for an interview; she arrived wearing a boot on her leg from an injury involving high heels. (It happens to the best of us.)

Raised in Chihuahua, Lilia grew up in cramped quarters with her mother and 20 other children who she believed to be her blood siblings. Then one day, two strangers arrived at the door — Lilia’s real parents.

I won’t spoil the rest of the story. You can read it on the Gazette website. And check out Lilia’s website, too.

And stay tuned to July 1, Mexico’s national election.