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 sciences at domestic and international higher education institutions.
Over the last two decades, Dr. Octavio Pescador has worked extensively with students, community based non-profits, and immigrant groups in Los Angeles. He has served as an advisor and/or board member to various organizations including Abriendo Puertas, the Blind Children's Center, the California Department of Education, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, Thomas Jefferson Senior High School and Vision to Learn.
Dr. Pescador also serves as international development consultant and political/global affairs analyst for domestic and foreign media including ABC, AP, CNN, EFE, La Opinión, MSNBC, NBC, Univision, and many other outlets. He 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.