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.
Lys Mendez is a communications professional with expertise in public policy, ethnic media and community outreach. She has worked as a strategic communications consultant building campaigns in English and Spanish for clients such as The California Endowment; Parks Now Coalition; Community Coalition; CicLAvia, the popular roving open-streets event in Los Angeles County; and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Vision Zero initiative. She has also supported projects in the immigration space and worked as an urban planning consultant for the City of Los Angeles to launch the Plan for a Healthy LA, which provided public health guidelines for the city’s future growth and development. Prior to consulting Lys worked for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, for the County of Riverside and as a newspaper reporter for the Riverside Press-Enterprise.