Danny Murillo

Danny Murillo

Program Analyst
Los Angeles Office
Pronouns: he/him
Why I Do What I Do:

“Because higher education serves as a source of empowerment and self-determination for currently and formerly incarcerated students.”

Alma Mater(s): Cerritos College (A.A.); the University of California, Berkeley (B.A.)

Your role in one sentence: I support the Campaign’s efforts to increase awareness for the unique challenges facing currently and formerly incarcerated students in California’s public higher education system.

When I am not at work helping students get to and succeed in college I am…more than likely doing some home improvement work at my mom’s house or eating tacos.

If not higher education then what cause? Ending solitary confinement and life without the possibility of parole.

Formal Bio:
Danny Murillo is originally from Norwalk, California. In 2012, he graduated from Cerritos College with an Associate of Arts degree in Spanish and transferred to the University of California, Berkeley, as an Ethnic Studies major.

At UC Berkeley, he co-founded the Underground Scholars Initiative, a student organization and support program dedicated to supporting formerly incarcerated and system impacted students. He was a media representative for the Prison Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition. The coalition was supporting the Short Corridor Collective, a group of incarcerated men organizing a statewide prison hunger strike to end the practice of long-term solitary confinement.

Danny is a co-founder and advisory board member of the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison. He serves as an advisory council member for the Vera Institute of Justice Safe Alternatives to Segregation Initiative, and was also their Program Analyst. Danny was a completion counselor with Rutgers University Mountain View Community, and most recently, the Research and Program Analyst at Corrections to College, a five-year initiative designed to expand access to California’s public colleges and universities for currently and formerly incarcerated students.

Danny is the recipient of the University of California Berkeley John W. Gardner Fellowship for Public Service; Open Society Foundation Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship; Rockwood Leadership Institute Returning Citizens Fellowship; and Just Leadership USA Leading with Conviction Fellowship. He has appeared in Decarcerated Podcast, GQ Magazine, National Public Radio (NPR), Option B Stories, The Appeal Podcast, The New Yorker Magazine, Univision, and 60 Minutes with Oprah.