Lionel Verano

Job title: 
Nav2Cal Student

About Lionel: 

Lionel (He/Him) is a first-generation, low-income, Filipino-American student attending the University of California, Berkeley. He studied vigorously in highschool, all the while supporting his family– the eldest of three siblings–as they adjusted to a completely new environment in the Bay Area. Lionel is a first year student intending to major in Data Science, to pursue a future career in Game Development. As a child, he grew up with video games like Minecraft and LittleBigPlanet which fueled his passion for coding and game design. At Cal, he is a part of various communities, such as NavCal, DSP, Cal Animage Alpha, and Fiat Lux Scholars. He is also the co-founder of an anime newsletter organization, known as CalAnime Newsletter which makes new, monthly, publications combining Journalism and the world of Japanese animations and storytelling. In the future, he seeks to create games that inspire others to make a positive impact in their communities, and change the world for the better. 



  • Nav2Cal Scholar
  • George C. Marshall Foundation Leadership and Academic Award
  • Richmond Promise Scholarship Recipient

  • Fiat Lux Scholar

  • West Contra Costa Retired Scholarship Fund Winner

  • CA Boys State Delegate 2021

  • DoseNet Internship

  • Co-Founder, Recruitment Exec, and Staff Writer of CalAnime Newsletter

  • AFJROTC CA-20145 Inspector General with Distinguished Unit of Merit

Research interests: 

Computer Science, Game Design and Development. Data Science. Software Engineering, Cybersecurity, and Journalism