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Serving as UIF Since: Spring 2017
School: University of California, Berkeley
Current role: Mentor, UIF
In a nutshell: empowering undergraduate students to create tech ecosystems within their university campuses
Contact him about: entrepreneurship, design thinking, mentorship, competitive tennis, fishing, sushi, music festivals
Phone: (909) 671-9252
Born in the Philippines and raised in Fontana, California, James is currently a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Cognitive Science and minoring in Computer Science. In his pursuit to make a difference in the world, he found his passions by combining leadership and design to build and solve problems through technology.
Upon first coming to Berkeley, he was involved in the political realm of campus where he was a Senate Candidate for Student Action for the Associated Students of the University of California and an active member within the Philipino Community as a representative supporting underrepresented communities across California.
Currently, he works as a Residential Computing Consultant for the Student Affairs and Information Services Department of the School, where he was nominated and selected to recieve the Silicon Valley Chief Information Officer Award for 2016. Additionally, he cofounded the Invention Corps of Berkeley, an organization that utillizes design thinking to provide solutions for Poverty, Society, Health, and the Environment. He was a Consultant and the former Vice President for an organization called Berkeley innovation that focuses on utilizing the human-centered design process to consult for-profit companies. James's experience also includes a research fellowship with Dr. Victor Pineda and Disabled People Policies and SMART cities through the Pineda Foundation.