2022 MPP Alumni Fellowship Recipient Donald Zelaya, MPP '23

Donald J. Zelaya is an experienced public sector professional who is currently with the City of Santa Monica. Donald is a member of the Government Advancing Racial Equity network whose mission is to promote and institute equity in local government.  He has long been involved in social justice efforts beginning when he worked in an access and retention community center for historically underrepresented students. Donald is passionate about community empowerment and being an active community member. He currently served on the City of Los Angeles, Sylmar Neighborhood Council as the Vice President of Communications. Donald recently expanded his work toward more equitable systems by engaging in Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) efforts with various organizations. Donald seeks to promote equity and social justice policies that yield economic opportunity and create new programs and tools to advance change and is committed to being an innovator and strategic leader. Donald holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from UC San Diego with minors in Political Science and Urban Studies and Planning. He is pursuing his master’s in public policy from UC Los Angeles, Luskin with an emphasis on science, technology, and innovation.

Please see Donald’s LinkedIn for further details.


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