Why do you do what you do?
The opportunities in the lower-income, Latino neighborhood in which I grew up were vastly different from the opportunities available for residents of the adjacent, predominately white, and affluent neighborhood. I’ve spent a lot of my life learning about why and how these differences came to be and how we can collectively achieve a different reality. I believe a world where everyone has the same access to opportunity, regardless of their zip code, is possible and I want to work to make that a reality.
What drew you to the foundation?
I was drawn to the foundation’s commitment to integrate the values of equity, inclusion and diversity, internally and externally, which has resulted in inspiring and creative work to reimagine and reshape long-standing systems.
How would you describe your role?
I support the Policy Fund of the Partnership for the Bay’s Future, which is part of a collaborative effort to build a prosperous, inclusive and livable Bay Area by addressing the interconnected challenges of housing, transportation and economic opportunity. Never has importance of accessibility to safe, reliable housing been more salient than in 2020, where we’re forced to reckon with the systemic injustices that have created racial inequities in health, wealth and opportunity in our neighborhoods. The Policy Fund’s multi-faceted, collaborative approach works to address these systems and move the Bay toward a more just, equitable reality.
Are you involved in any volunteer activities?
I’m an active volunteer for my alma mater, Occidental College, as both a volunteer for the college’s Admissions Office and a member of the Board of Governors.