Ms. Velarde obtained her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law school where she served as a Notes Editor for the Michigan Law Review and Co-President of the Latino Law Students Association. She was also published by the Michigan Law Review for her work Home-Field Disadvantage: How the Organization of Soccer in the United States Affects Athletic and Economic Competitiveness.
During her time in law school, Ms. Velarde worked for two years as a Student Attorney for the Michigan Innocence Clinic, where she represented clients seeking post-conviction review of non-DNA criminal cases. She was part of a team of students who helped secure the full exoneration of a client in October 2018. Ms. Velarde received the Irving Stenn Jr. Award for her leadership and contributions through extracurricular activities to the well-being and strength of the Law School. She earned her B.S. in Science, Technology & International Affairs from Georgetown University.
Ms. Velarde is a native Spanish speaker; she is also fluent in French and Portuguese.