Randy Parraz 2005 fellow
Train a new generation of social entrepreneurs, innovators, and visionaries using a combination of positive psychology and nonviolence social change practices.
Randy Parraz is an attorney, community organizer, and executive director of the National Voter Rights Education Project. As a leader of the AFL-CIO, he spent many years advocating on behalf of workers and their families. From church based organizing in East Dallas, to national coalition building on behalf of 20,000 strawberry workers in the fields of California, to coordinating the mobilization of thousands of Canadians across the border from Vancouver to Seattle in protest against the WTO, to spearheading support for the Immigrant Worker Freedom Ride in Arizona, Randy has experience with many different methods of social change. He is the founder of both the Student Institute for Social Change and the Latino Youth Leadership Institute. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Randy earned a Master's degree in Public Administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a J.D. at Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law.