Green Festival Speakers
D'Artagnan is a UCLA graduate with a B.A. in the Study of Religion and also has a B.S. in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in business Management from National University. Currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Education at UCLA, he established the Black Male Youth Academy (BMYA) at Morningside High School, a literacy development program that helps youth use research to create change in their communities. D'Artagnan is an US Navy Iraq War Veteran and served a two-year term as a member of the Board of Regents, University of California. He participated in the governance of the University and was an outspoken advocate for equity and inclusion, affordability and access, clean energy and environmental sustainability. He is also a strong supporter of academic preparation programs for grade levels P-16 and believes they help create a level playing field. D'Artagnan was a 2010 Education Pioneer Fellow and worked at the California Community Foundation (CCF) supporting their scholarships program area. In 2009, he founded the Social Justice Learning Institute (SJLI) and currently serves as the Executive Director, advancing food justice initiatives in underserved communities. The Social Justice Learning Institute At the Social Justice Learning Institute, is dedicated to improving the education, health, and well being of youth and communities of color by empowering them to enact social change through research, training, and community mobilization. They envision communities where individuals use their agency to improve each other’s lives.