Los Angeles

MENTOR NETWORK

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Fernando Abarca '14

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Los Angeles, CA

Oxy Major/Minor:  

Politics & Spanish Double Major

Current Company:

Right to the City Alliance

Current Position:

National Field Team Organizer- Western Region

Campus Involvement/Special Programs:

Campaign Semester

Secondary Schooling:

Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA

Favorite MP/Cooler Food:

Philly Cheese Steak and fries

Best Oxy Class:

Rebellious Lawyering

Groups I Identify With:

First Generation students and Latino students

Bio:

I am currently the Western Region Field Team Organizer for the Right to the City Alliance. I work on housing policy issues impacting different communities across the western coast of the U.S. I've spent the last 7 years working on different housing strategies to support under resourced residents stay in their communities. My research and organizing work has focused on alternative strategies to housing and economic development including Community Land Trusts and Cooperatives. I would love to join the mentor network to provide resources and make connections for students looking to get into the Urban Planning field.

Career Advice:

Personally, I thought it was important for my career to get started in a position that allowed me to work with the population I ultimately wanted to support. I wanted to work and learn as much as I could from them, their experiences, and knowledge before moving onto research or policy related positions. I cannot imagine doing advocacy now without that foundation. Without those experiences I am certain the policies and strategies I advocate and support today would completely miss the mark.