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Michael Ocon, Manager, Community Partnerships & Communications

Michael Ocon (he/him) is a recognized leader in educational equity, a trained political organizer, and a passionate advocate for institutional access. A first-generation college graduate, Michael attended Stanford University, earning a B.A. in English Literature.

Michael's passion for political organizing was honed through internships with Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor, the Office of Senator Kamala D. Harris, Kamala Harris for President, George Gascón for District Attorney, and SEIU-USWW. In these roles, he collaborated with senior staff on communications and rapid response, field organizing strategy, and policy advocacy focused on educational reform and youth voter engagement. A proud native of Pasadena, CA, Michael has been politically active in local races and advocacy campaigns and serves on the boards of College Access Plan, Pasadena, and Pasadena Media.

Michael holds a Master of Public Administration from USC, where he served on the governing boards of the Norman Topping Scholarship Fund and the Graduate Policy and Administration Committee, and was a City/County Management Fellow.

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