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.
Nick Gonzalez holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern California (USC). Nick believes in promoting data-driven policy solutions that advance criminal justice reform, equitable economic opportunity, and Latino representation. Nick has been working on the Executive Appointments project at LPPI where he quantifies the diversity of California’s gubernatorial appointments and has learned about the importance of enhancing Latino representation in California government. Additionally, Nick co-authored LPPI’s analysis of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission applicant pool, finding a significant underrepresentation of Latinos. Nick has also worked on LPPI’s Digital Upskilling and Economic Mobility project where he researches data and policy and has learned about the need for data-driven solutions that will maximize the inclusion of Latinos and all communities of color in the digital economy.