Neriel David Ponce is the Administrative Coordinator at Border Crossers. As a queer, Filipino immigrant and a product of NYC public education, his experiences of alienation in higher education and in xenophobic, racist experiences growing up pushed his involvement in organizing spaces in NYC.
He is an active member and co-founder of RAISE, a pan-Asian undocumented youth-led group, leading workshops, panels, and coordinating national work with larger Asian American nonprofit organizations. He has also worked with high school youth, facilitating political education and activism workshops with Chinatown Youth Initiative’s Summer Leadership Institute.
Neriel earned his BA from Hunter College, studying cultural anthropology and Asian American studies, and plans to pursue a degree in Ethnic Studies in the future. In his free time, he loves to travel to new cities, hike, yoga, and write critical pieces on Asian America, and the Filipino/American experience. Neriel fights to see a world where people are rooted in community and racial and social justice, and are free to live as their full selves. He is excited to contribute his experiences in community organizing, facilitation, and sharp political analysis to the growth of Border Crossers.