Mauricio Amaral
She/Her; He/Him; They/Them
Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, Black Girls Code
Mauricio M. Amaral-Vazquez hails from Compton, California where his immigrant parents taught him the value of education and hard work, but currently resides in Oakland, California where he’s been since 2016. Mauricio is an alumnus of Cal State Dominguez Hills where he was the first in his family to earn a college degree when he earned his Bachelor's degree in English Literature and Communications. In 2018, he received his Masters in Urban Education from Loyola Marymount University. An educator by trade and community organizer by choice, he has been working with students for more than ten years in various capacities. Most recently Mauricio was a classroom middle school teacher in Los Angeles and in East Oakland where his passion for educational equity has led him to want to be in the trenches as a community organizer. He has had the chance to organize for political campaigns like “No on Prop 8”, “Obama 2012”, “Hilary 2016”, and was the Director of Community Outreach for the “Oakland Children's Initiative” in 2018, now he has taken his experience into the nonprofit sector. He is currently using his community organizing expertise as he helps manage volunteers and outreach efforts at Black Girls CODE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating equity in the tech industry by training young black girls and girls of color how to code and getting them excited about roles in the booming industry. Aside from his role at Black Girls CODE, Mauricio also holds a position as a program manager with Teach for America - Bay Area where he leads recent alumni through civic, educational, and professional development via their Rising Leaders Fellowship. He also holds a national position with his Fraternity, Sigma Lambda Beta, as one of the six Executive Board of Directors that lead over 100 chapters across the nation of undergraduate and alumni collegiate men.