Senior Director, Center for Social Justice
Miguel was born and raised in the Mission District of San Francisco. He attended St. Peter’s Elementary School on 24th and Florida Streets and Archbishop Riordan High School. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science for Holy Names University and a Masters in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from the School of International Service at the America University in Washington, DC.Most of Miguel’s career has been as an appointed official to local and national elected officials: first as Policy Advisor for President Clinton and Vice President Gore at the White House; Deputy District Director for Congresswoman Barbara Lee; Director of Boards and Commissions for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom; and most recently Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Mayor Ronald V. Dellums.His nonprofit and philanthropic career highlights include: serving as Executive Director of the California Latino Civil Rights Network (Latino Network). The only statewide organization that focuses on the threats to civil rights aimed at the Latino community in California; serving as Program Officer for the Marguerite Casey Foundation (MCF). As a member of the MCF team his responsibilities included researching and evaluating potential grantees, working with Latino, Native American, Asian, African-American and LGBT communities and organizations, and analyzing and educating grantees on public policy. His regions included California, the Southwest, US/Mexico Border and Native American reservations and communities; and working as Community Relations Advisor at the California Community Technology Foundation of California (Now known as Zerodivide).Previously, Miguel was Senior Vice President, Community Relations and Outreach Regional Director at Wells Fargo in San Francisco, California. He also served as the Senior Program Manager for the Americas for the Levi Strauss Foundation. He managed grantmaking in the Foundation’s global giving areas of HIV/AIDS, asset building and workers’ rights in the regions of Latin America and Canada. He was also responsible for HIV/AIDS grantmaking domestically in the United States and LS&Co.’s Community Involvement Teams in Latin America and Canada.Miguel loves his city and still lives in his childhood home in the Mission District of San Francisco.