Mike de la Rocha is a social entrepreneur, artist and inspirational speaker who specializes in criminal justice, social innovation and health and wellness. With more than 15 years experience advancing public policy and empowering community stakeholders, Mike has become a leading voice for innovative ways to reduce violence in America.
Drawing from years of experience integrating social justice, the arts, and his personal experiences, Mike has facilitated strategic coalition-building efforts, drafted groundbreaking legislation and implemented innovative youth development programs. He continues to lecture nationally and internationally on juvenile justice issues, cultural organizing and holistic healing practices, amongst many other topics.
In 2014, Mike was selected as one of GOOD Magazine’s top 100 people changing the world, Stanford Social Innovation Review’s top innovators reducing gun violence and received the Hispanicize Positive Impact Award. He has spoken and performed at the Clinton Global Initiative University, TEDx events, Interdependence Day, Chicago Ideas Week, and other events in Mexico, France, Germany, Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Canada.
Mike is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Californians for Safety and Justice and advises members of the U.S. Congress and other state and local elected officials on criminal justice issues. Prior to this, he spent four years as the Legislative Deputy for then L.A. City Councilmember (and now Congressman) Tony Cárdenas. Mike has served as Policy Advisor for the L.A. Human Relations Commission; Managing Director for Equal Opportunity Productions (a nonprofit arts outreach program); and Program Coordinator for the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center.
De la Rocha holds a Masters in Cross Cultural Conflict and Resolution from Cal State Dominguez Hills and a Bachelor’s from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) where he served as the Undergraduate Student Body President. Mike serves on the Board of Directors of the San Fernando Valley Coalition on Gangs, Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural and Divine Forces Media. He volunteers for The Last Mile and Jail Guitar Doors.
The life and music of Mike de la Rocha has always been rooted in social justice and a deep love for humanity. As such, Mike has always highlighted the work of key campaigns and groups working towards positively transforming our world.
From Amnesty International to Rock the Vote and The David Lynch Foundation, Mike continues to be involved in supporting a number of transformative efforts through organizing benefit concerts, speaking at numerous conferences, juvenile detention facilities, and universities throughout America and around the world as well as utilizing his music and art to promote a number of charities and activist communities worldwide.
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