Michael Ocon is a recognized leader in the realm of educational equity, a trained political organizer, and a passionate advocate for institutional access. Michael is a first-generation college graduate, having attended Stanford University, where he received his B.A. in English Literature. As an undergraduate, he served as the inaugural Student Advisor to the Provost and Vice Provost of Student Affairs. In this newly-created role, he counseled administrators and trustees on issues related to budget reform, investment responsibility, community crisis response, public safety, and diversity and inclusion. Michael is also recognized as the Co-founder of the Stanford Coalition for Workers’ Rights, which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for direct Covid-related relief for hundreds of workers in the Bay Area.

Michael’s passion for political organizing was focused through internships with Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor, the Office of Senator Kamala D. Harris, Kamala Harris for President, George Gascón for District Attorney, and SEIU-USWW. In these roles, he worked closely with senior staff on communications and rapid response, field organizing strategy, and policy advocacy on the issues of educational reform and youth voter engagement. A proud native of Pasadena, CA, Michael has also been politically active on a number of local races and advocacy campaigns, and serves on the board of College Access Plan, Pasadena.

A member of the Trojan family, Michael is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration at USC, where he serves on the governing boards of the Norman Topping Scholarship Fund, and the Graduate Policy and Administration Committee, and as a City/County Management Fellow. In his spare time, he’ll be found gaming with his friends, watching true crime documentaries, listening to R&B, and writing stories about the places and the people he calls home.