Danny Murillo is currently a Research and Project Analyst at The Opportunity Institute. Before that, he was a program analyst at the Vera Institute of Justice, a counselor with Rutgers University’s NJ-STEP program, and a John W. Gardner Fellow in Public Service at the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2015 with a degree in ethnic studies, and he was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, conducting research on the disproportionate rate of suspension of black male students in Oakland’s public schools.
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 cofounded 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 to the university community.
Mr. Murillo was awarded the 2016 Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship. He will work to empower formerly incarcerated students by creating a network of people throughout California who have successfully made the transition from incarceration to higher education.