Alex Diaz

Job title: 
NavCal Mentor


Alex Diaz is a first-generation college student from Berkeley City College and became a NavCal Fellow in Spring 2020. Alex earned his AA with the highest honors, received the president's medallion, received the chancellor's trophy, and was the first formerly-incarcerated student accepted into UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business. He chooses to pursue a degree in business with the intent to develop/create his own organization that would benefit underrepresented and underserved minorities. He works for a non-profit that is the only program in the history of Alameda County to work in the maximum security units. Alex also works at the Youth Authority (youth prison) in Stockton, CA, where he teaches trauma informed care and emotional intelligence. Additionally, Alex works with the Chief of Probation to help implement tablets in Santa Rita, get rid of non-contact visits at Juvenile Hall, and develop a pipeline for community-based organizations (CBOs) in Oakland. Alex has a burning desire to uplift his community and be the tip of the spear for reimagining and recreating a more equitable justice system.


  • Policy Analysis for CURYJ
  • Underground Scholars Formerly Incarcerated Research Member
  • Re-entry Case Management / Group Facilitator at Positive Communication Practices
  • Commissioner on the Reimagining Public Safety Task Force
  • Fellow for the Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC)
  • Consultant for the California Policy Lab
  • Career Prep Fellow for Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT)
  • Public Service Center (PSC) Peter E. Haas Leaders Fellowship Recipient
  • Textbook Scholarship Recipient
  • Hispanic Community Affairs Council Scholarship Recipient
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund Recipient
  • Applied to 10+ scholarships/fellowships so far
  • Received 2 Letters of Recommendation so far