The UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative utilizes a multi-pronged approach to ensure Latinos and other communities of color have a seat at the decision-making table and fair opportunities to thrive.
UCLA LPPI is committed to working with leading experts, advocates and elected officials to address today’s most pressing issues. We are committed to championing evidence-based policy solutions that expand genuine opportunity for all Americans by shining a spotlight on how Latinos are and are not included in policy-making.
The UCLA Voting Rights Project is the flagship project of the UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative aimed at creating an accessible and equitable system of voting for all Americans through impact litigation, research, and clinical education to expand access to the ballot box.
Christopher Galeano is a UCLA School of Law (’21) student, enrolled in both the Public Interest Law and Policy Program and the Critical Race Studies Program. Growing up in Los Angeles County, specifically Palmdale, Christopher saw the way legal institutions helped marginalize and Black and Brown communities in the area. His path to law school was solidified after his family was defrauded by an unscrupulous notario and he got law enforcement to hold this notario accountable following three years of community organizing. After graduating from UC Irvine, he worked in Sacramento, California leading statewide pro-immigrant legislative campaigns. While in law school Christopher has volunteered with the CARA Pro Bono Project to assist asylum seekers in Dilly, Texas, externed in the District Court of the Central District of California, clerked for a plaintiff-side employment and labor law firm, and volunteered with Basta Inc. in Lancaster working on mobile home park tenant litigation. He is currently drafting his law review comment on the 2011 Community Action League v. City of Lancaster lawsuit, which in part helped empower Palmdale residents’ to successfully get the city to switch the city council voting system from at large to district-based elections.”