Guided by a vision of a country where no child experiences homelessness, Anthony Ray Carrasco is committed to improving the lives of homeless families. Despite working full-time, Anthony’s family struggled to overcome the hardships of homelessness for almost a decade. The first in his family to attend a four-year university, Anthony has become an academic and political authority on homelessness among children and families – publishing innovative scholarship and crafting public policy.
Anthony returned home to Orange County, California for the first time in 10 years, to directly study how race, ethnicity, and homelessness shape the educational lives of homeless children of color. In addition to having his work published in the national edition of the The Ronald E. McNair Symposium Journal, he has presented his research at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education, the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, and the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness. His latest publication, “Youth Homelessness and the Racial Knowledge Gap,” is currently the most viewed article in the 25th volume of The Journal of Children and Poverty.
In city politics, Anthony worked alongside elected officials and community leaders to protect the rights of homeless children and families as the acting Chair of the City of Berkeley’s Youth Commission. He collaborated with the Mayor’s Office and the City Council to introduce and pass the city’s first ever homeless youth policy to identify, engage, and provide support to homeless children. Anthony now serves as a member of the City's Homelessness Panel of Experts, advising the use of a new $8 million annual fund to address homelessness in Berkeley.
Anthony’s work has been recognized by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Cal Alumni Association. This spring, he will receive two degrees, one in Political Science, another in Legal Studies with honors, along with a minor degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.