Ismael Soto is a graduate student researcher with the Government Alliance on Race and Equity program. He is currently a student at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy (G.S.P.P.), where he is working towards a Master in Public Policy (M.P.P) degree. Ismael’s academic interests mainly center around issues of race, ethnicity, and immigration. Prior to graduate school, Ismael worked in the philanthropic, nonprofit, and public sectors. Most recently, Ismael served a year of service with AmeriCorps VISTA, where he was responsible for building the capacity of a nonprofit organization that works towards improving the quality of life for low-wage service workers and their families. After his service with AmeriCorps, Ismael worked for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to administer the nation’s immigration system and secure the homeland. Driven by his background as a first-generation Latino college student, Ismael currently devotes some time as a mentor with the Oakland Promise program to help guide first-generation students through their college experience. Ismael was born in Vallejo, California, and was raised in Napa, California. He received a B.A. degree in Political Economy, and a minor in Chican@ studies at UC Berkeley.