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Leo Zambrano is the Northern California State Program Associate for the Community Justice Leaders Project (CJL) — an engagement with AmeriCorps that connects formerly system-involved youths with employment and development opportunities, helping members become leaders in their communities. In this role, he provides enrollment and backend administrative support for CJL members during their year of service.

While originally pursuing a career in STEM, the events leading up to the 2016 election inspired Leo to pursue a career in the social justice space, eventually landing a policy fellowship with San Francisco’s 9th District’s Supervisor, Hillary Ronen, and a research position with the Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law. After short stints in law and philanthropy, Leo wanted a position with an organization focused on reinventing what is possible and offered more direct involvement with community members, leading him to Impact Justice and the CJL program.

Leo obtained a bachelors in neurobiology with an emphasis on public health from UC Berkeley and associates degrees in mathematics, chemistry, biology from El Camino College.