Efraín Delgado was born and raised in Stockton, California and after having the opportunity to spend time in the Yosemite back-country on multiple high school trips, he developed a passion for the environment and began realizing the importance of protecting natural spaces. Efraín went on to earn his BS in Environmental Science and Management at UC Davis where he also spent a summer studying coastal marine ecology and oceanography at the Bodega Marine Laboratory. While pursuing his science degree, Efraín was exposed to ethnic studies for the first time through an introductory Chicana/o Studies course, which drastically influenced his eventual understanding of the importance of intersectional advocacy work and his long-term professional aspirations.
In addition to balancing out his science course load with ethnic studies and the like, Efraín became heavily involved in undocumented and immigrant rights community organizing with a student group. He eventually supported a campaign and the drafting of an accompanying proposal asking UC Davis to establish a resource center for undocumented students. Through rigorous organizing and good fortune, Efraín and the student group fulfilled their goal with the AB 540 and Undocumented Student Center still running at UC Davis.
Efraín currently works as the Civic Engagement Community Organizer for the Asian Law Alliance in San José. In this role he coordinates a number of program components including voter registration and education efforts (i.e. Voter's Choice Act), Census education, organizing for local cities' transitions to district-based elections and the management of a coalition consisting of 11 community based organizations in Santa Clara County. Prior to working with the Asian Law Alliance he worked in a couple of roles focused on urban agriculture, environmental education, food justice and leadership development. He has experience developing gardening and food justice curriculum and hopes to deepen his understanding of Popular Education methodology as a means of informing his approach to policy development and community mobilization.
In the near future Efraín hopes to enter a Master's program focused on environmental policy, alternative theories of economic and social development and movement building to combat our world's injustices as they relate to the environment, race, economics, gender and more.