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.
Ricardo Quintero spearheads major gifts fundraising initiatives for the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and LPPI.
Prior to joining the Luskin School in 2016, Ricardo was a Regional Director of Development at the UCLA Fund where he cultivated lasting relationships with donors and volunteers across the South Bay. During that time, he built a pipeline of support to several areas of campus through annual, major and planned giving strategies.
Ricardo graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Communication from East Carolina University where he was hired in Admissions upon completing his degree. This experience cemented his passion for working in higher education and eventually led him to pursue a career at UCLA when he moved to Los Angeles in 2007.
Ricardo is also a proud Marine Corps veteran, having served 4 years on active duty from 1999-2003 and attaining the rank of Sergeant. He was an Aviation Operations Specialist for a Harrier squadron and deployed aboard the USS Bataan during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.