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.
Misael Galdámez serves as LPPI’s Research Analyst for economic development and social mobility, and supports the development, management, and execution of LPPI’s research portfolio. Previously, Misael worked at the Milken Institute’s Center for Regional Economics, where his research work highlighted strategies to support growth and economic opportunity, including a policy brief on California’s Hispanic essential worker population.
Misael has a strong interest in workers, wages, and inclusive economic growth, and completed a master’s degree in City Planning at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning in 2019. His thesis research developed a methodology for living wage estimations in Mexico City under Dr. Amy Glasmeier and in partnership with the Universidad Iberoamericana. Prior to graduate school, Misael was a division and projects coordinator at the International Monetary Fund, where he worked on several research projects related to remittances and migration in and from Latin America. He holds a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from American University.