Julissa Arce is a speaker, author, immigrant rights advocate and former Wall Street executive. She is an emerging and leading voice in the fight for immigrant rights and education equality. She is the chairman, and co-founder of the Ascend Educational Fund (AEF). AEF is a college scholarship and mentorship program for immigrant students in New York City, regardless of their ethnicity, national original or immigration status. She made national and international headlines when she revealed that she had achieved the American Dream of wealth and status at Goldman Sachs while undocumented.