Danny Murillo is currently a Research and Program Analyst with the Renewing Communities Initiative. Renewing Communities is a project of The Opportunity Institute, a non-profit organization focused on educational equity. We expand access to higher education for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated Californians.
Mr. Murillo is a Co-Founder and Advisory Board Chair member of the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison (AHEP). AHEP is a project of Community Partners, a nonprofit organization. The goal of AHEP is to support the expansion of quality higher education in prison programs, empower students in prison and after release, and shape public discussion about education and incarceration on a national level.
In 2016 he was the Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow at The Opportunity Institute. His Soros fellowship project was to create a statewide network of formerly incarcerated students and alumni throughout California. Before that, he was the 2015 University of California, Berkeley John W. Gardner Fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice and Rutgers University–Newark. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2015, with a degree in Ethnic Studies, and was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and Peter E. Haas Public Service Leader.
Mr. Murillo was also a national policy intern at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, where he researched the economic impact of incarceration on communities of color. Also, while at UC Berkeley, he co-founded the Underground Scholars Initiative, an organization dedicated to supporting students who have been personally impacted by incarceration. He has received numerous awards in recognition of his leadership and service.