Bernard “Bernie” Gomez He/Him/His
Programs and Leadership Assistant
(MILPA) Motivating Individual Leadership for Public Advancement
Bernard “Bernie” Gomez is a Program and Leadership Assistant at MILPA (Motivating Individual Leadership for Public Advancement). Concurrently, he is serving as a Qualitative Research Intern with the Alianza for Youth Justice. At the Alianza, he conducts national collaborative research with Latinx youth to transform youth justice systems and build ethnic equity.
At a young age, Bernie was exposed to the reality of being a Chicano in a disenfranchised community of Campesinos. During his teen years, he experienced vicious cycles of addiction, criminalization “School to Prison Pipeline”. While incarcerated Bernie became aware of the many layers Racism and Structural Inequities plague Communities of Color. This exposure to the Prison Industrial Complex, sparked that ancestral Rage, Fire and Pain. Understanding the “Plight” he now uses his lived experience to transform these systems of white supremacy.
At MILPA he has begun to walk with PALABRA in the effort to cultivate change makers, continue the fight for systemic change and reconnecting with his ancestral traditions. His hard work, charisma, and a true passion for helping others has helped him continue to advance in this line of work.
When he is not working toward systemic change he loves restoring lowrider vehicles, river rafting, snowboarding, cruzin, and spending time with family.