Dad, Friend & Profe

Dr. Octavio Pescador is a research associate and co-founder of the UCLA Paulo Freire Institute in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. He is one of two faculty members originally selected by the UCLA Chancellor to serve on the Governing Council of the K-12 UCLA Community School. Dr. Pescador has taught education and social science at USC and Cal State LA. 

Over the last two decades, Octavio has worked extensively with students, community service non-profits, and immigrant groups in Los Angeles. He has serveded as an advisor and or board member to various organizations including Academia Semillas del Pueblo, the Blind Childrens Center, the California Department of Education, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los AngelesFamilies in Schools, Thomas Jefferson Senior High School and Vision to Learn.
He also serves as a political commentator for local and international media including ABC 7, AP, CNN, EFE, La Opinión, MSNBC, NBC 4, Univision, and many other outlets.
Dr. Octavio Pescador has a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA, a M.A. in International Development from Stanford, and a Ph.D. in Education from UCLA.

Dr. Octavio Pescador