Rodrigo Alvarez is a Project Specialist working on Más Fresco. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in sociology and interned with CCH’s Urban Food Equity team in 2021, working with small neighborhood grocery markets and urban farmers to improve equitable access to good food in San Diego County.
As the child of Mexican immigrant parents, who is also a first-generation college student, Rodrigo has intimate knowledge of how many of our institutions, specifically our foodways, can be inequitable for many communities. By applying a sociological lens that is both critical and intersectional, Rodrigo wants to highlight those often overlooked injustices directly related to food access.
During his time in college, Rodrigo was president and treasurer of a student-run club called Students for Social Justice whose mission is to provide a platform for students to engage in meaningful dialogue about contemporary social problems and express their personal challenges in navigating higher education. Through his years of experience in front-line service work, Rodrigo understands that listening to the needs of those he aims to serve is a critical first-step in achieving lasting change.