Alejandro Lopez is a first generation Latino immigrant living in Marin County. He has work for the Canal Welcome Center an organization which serves the immigrant and low income communities throughout Marin County. Alejandro has worked two years in a program from the organization called “Presente” which is a round year fellowship that prepares youth for civic action and engages them in social justice activism. The fellowship work through the pedagogy of “Education as a way for social change” inspired by the teachings of Paulo Freire a political educator from Brazil. Alejandro has also served a term in the Marin County Youth Commission, which is a coalition of young people between the ages of 12 to 23. This youth commission works in policy change at at a local level so it works closely with the Marin County Board of Supervisors to try and change policies regarding youth in the areas of Education, Food Distribution and Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs.