Neriel is a freelance racial equity facilitator, with 7+ years of working with nonprofit organizations serving youth, Asian/Americans, and racial justice organizations. He is a co-founder of RAISE, a pan-Asian undocumented youth-led group, having led workshops, panels, and coordinated national gatherings with Asian/American nonprofit organizations serving undocumented youth. His facilitation experiences started early working with high school youth, holding political education and activism workshops with Chinatown Youth Initiative’s Summer Leadership Institute, and co-directing the annual Immigrant Youth Empowerment Conference (IYECon). Neriel’s story has also been highlighted in The Huffington Post, The Daily News, NBC News Asian America, The Progressive, and the award-winning documentary: Why We Rise. Mostly recently, he has been a staff member at the Center for Racial Justice in Education holding the roles of Administrative Coordinator, Operations Manager, and Senior Manager of Operations and Marketing.
Neriel earned his BA from Hunter College, studying cultural anthropology and Asian American studies. In his free time, he loves to travel to new cities, hike, practice yoga, and write critical pieces on Asian/America, and the Filipino/American experience. Neriel fights to see a world where we are rooted in community and social justice and live a life honoring our full humanity.