David Carranza was born and raised in Los Angeles by immigrant parents from Central America. As a child, his parents instilled in him the value of education and hard work and he aspired to go to college, however, as a teenager, David struggled to cope with the emotional trauma of growing up in an abusive household and his father being habitually incarcerated. Although he excelled in high school, he gravitated toward gangs and during his senior of high school was sentenced to life in prison. While incarcerated he found healing from his past and pursued his dream of going to college by graduating from high school and obtaining an associate's degree. After almost a decade in the carceral Govern Brown recognized his transformation and gave David a second chance by committing his sentence. Upon his release despite the challenge of reentering society, he applied and was accepted to UC Berkeley. David’s passion is to fight for equitable policy in relation to criminal justice, housing, and economic mobility.
Major(s): American Studies