Alejandro D. Bautista Zugaide migrated with his mother and younger brother at 11 years old to reunite with his father. Since arriving, his parents made it clear that they had move in order for him and his younger brother to receive an education they could only dream of back home. He attended Chabot Community College where it took him six years to transferred into California State University East Bay. Thanks to a scholarship given to him by TheDream.US he was able to focus more on his studies, became an activist for undocumented students and study abroad in México for a semester, thanks to advance parole.
Alejandro graduated from Cal State East Bay with a bachelors in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing and a Minor in Latino Studies. His passion for education and his community has led Alejandro to College Track Oakland, a non-profit organization where he mentored and served as a tutor to many high school students from different backgrounds with one goal in common, higher education. Alejandro has extensive experience working with connecting undocumented students to crucial resources, and most significantly, he was in charge of the marketing campaign for the first Undocumented Student Resource Summit held on his campus. Alejandro plans to attend a graduate in higher education within the next two years that would allow him to become a more qualified counselor in a college or university. He wants to be a guide for students that have struggle like himself and help them find a career path.
Currently, Alejandro is completing his DreamSF Fellowship at Mission Graduates. He is gaining skills in the administrative side of the organization. He will take on the project of coordinating with local businesses for the Mission Graduates’ annual Food for Thought event.
Alejandro enjoys running for long distances and has completed one full marathon and several half marathons. One of favorite bands is Café Tacvba and enjoys attending local Bay Area teams’ games.