Latrel Powell is a rising third year law student at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. Growing up in the Bay Area has been one of the largest influences on his passion for public service and community engagement. Latrel graduated summa cum laude from San Diego State University as the Outstanding Graduate for the Political Science department, Africana Studies department, Weber Honors College, and the College of Arts and Letters. He was able to represent the more than 484,000 students of the California State University system as the Executive Vice President of Legislative Affairs. He conducted ethnographic research in Cape Town, South Africa during an independent study on Space Identity in the Post-Apartheid era, studied at UC Berkeley as a PPIA JSI Fellow, and served as a volunteer and grassroots organizer within communities both on and off the campus.
As a member of the UCLA Law Epstein Program for Public Interest Law and Policy and Critical Race Studies program scholar, Latrel approaches his coursework and contributions with an unwavering desire to elevate equitable, intersectional, and transformative justice. He has contributed to electoral research for the UCLA Voting Rights Clinic, has assisted union organizers’ efforts to hold corporations accountable to their impact on marginalized Los Angeles communities, and is currently serving as the UCLA BLSA Chair of Political Activism. He is looking forward to learning more about the local government landscape as an RPLG Fellow and identifying how leaders are tackling issues and challenges in his beloved backyard of the greater San Francisco Bay Area.