Alberto’s core values center on the notion that: people, love, and compassion, coupled with organized power, strategy, and vision, have the potential to change society. Alberto was first introduced to organizing while studying at UCLA. As a student activist,Alberto joined with other students across the country in organizing campaigns to defend affirmative action, lower student fees, and advance racial justice.

After leaving UCLA, Alberto cut his teeth in community organizing at Community Coalition. At Community Coalition, he sharpened his organizing values; these values highly place leadership development, building the power of collective action, and non-violence, as core tenets to advancing social change.

From 2009 to 2011, Alberto worked for the Obama administration in the U.S.Department of Education, as Director of Community Outreach. During his time in D.C., Retana organized the Department’s first National Youth Summit and worked with thousands of community leaders across the country on turning around the nation’s “push-out” crisis. Currently, Retana is leading Community Coalition’s civic engagement effort, directly focusing on organizing 30,000 African American and Latino voters of South Los Angeles in various campaigns and efforts to transform neighborhoods and empower people. Alberto Retana is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in political science.

Creating Change

How do ordinary people create extraordinary change? In this Talk, Alberto shares stories of transformational change and will draw lessons on what you can do to create transformation in your life starting today.