LPPI leverages the wealth of talent, expertise, and commitment to Latino research already underway at UCLA. Sonja Diaz (Luskin School) and Matt Barreto (Division of Social Sciences) co-founded LPPI to address issues of public opinion, representation, and domestic policy through data and facts. LPPI is housed in the Luskin School of Public Affairs under the leadership of Dean Gary M. Segura. LPPI’s policy experts, all distinguished scholars, incubate and champion cutting-edge policy research to inform evidence-based policy making at the state and local levels across the U.S.

Dr. Matt Barreto

Co-Founder, UCLA LPPI & Professor, Political Science and Chicana/o Studies

Sonja Diaz, Esq.

Founding Executive Director, UCLA LPPI

Dr. Arturo Vargas Bustamante

Director of Faculty Research

Dr. Chris Zepeda-Millán

Director of Faculty Research


Ricardo Quintero

Director of Development, Luskin School of Public Affairs

Myrna Rosales

Digital Associate


Nick Gonzalez

Public Policy Fellow

María Morales

Public Policy Fellow

Amado Castillo

Public Policy Fellow

Adriana Bernal

Public Policy Fellow

Bryanna Ruiz

Public Policy Fellow

Carla Vásquez-Noriega

Public Policy Fellow

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