Students for Economic Justice 2011 Fellowship
Matthew Yagyagan recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a dual major in Political Science and Ethnic Studies. As a Golden Bear, Matthew was committed to social justice as a student organizer with the Pilipino American Alliance, the Berkeley Multicultural Community Center and Cal Students for Equal Rights and a Valid Education (CalSERVE), a progressive coalition of under-resourced students. He organized against budget cuts and tuition hikes that plague public education across California, mobilized Census participation in low-income communities in Oakland, and advocated for diversity and inclusion in higher education. Matthew’s institutional experience includes internships at Chula Vista City Council, the district office of Congressman Bob Filner, and most notably, on the Hill with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. He is also a Front Line Leaders Academy Fellow with People for the American Way. Matthew was born and raised in San Diego, CA.