Neriel David Ponce

Senior Manager

Neriel Ponce is an anti-racism facilitator, project & operations specialist, and current Senior Manager with ProInspire. He brings with him over a decade of working with social impact organizations serving youth leaders, grassroots organizers, the im/migrant rights movement, and racial justice. In 2013, he co-founded RAISE, a pan-Asian undocumented youth-led collective, leading workshops, panels, and coordinating national gatherings with nonprofit organizations serving undocumented immigrant youth. Neriel’s facilitation experience encompasses political education and activism workshops with Chinatown Youth Initiatives (CYI) Summer Leadership Institute (SLI), co-directing the annual Immigrant Youth Empowerment Conference (IYECon), and managing operations and training educators with the Center for Racial Justice in Education. His immigration 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, recipient of the 2014 Loni Ding Social Justice at the CAAAM Film Festival. 

Neriel earned his BA from CUNY Hunter College, studying cultural anthropology and Asian American studies. In his free time he loves to explore new cities, hike our national parks, practice yoga, drink coffee, and edit food pictures. Neriel is committed to creating a world where we are rooted in community and each other, and can all live a life honoring our full humanity.

What is your favorite form of self-care?

When I can, I love traveling to a new city to try the best restaurants and local hole-in-the-walls, get a feel of the identity of the city and its people, and wander without a map to explore the city streets – there’s always something cool to find and see!

What is something that you’re learning about? 

I’m a big foodie, so I’m always trying out new recipes and perfecting old ones.

Why do you do what you do?

I love people, and my academic training through anthropology expanded my own world view of how we all come together, interact, and connect. I’m committed to my own personal growth and the transformation of others to achieve a better world where all of our full humanity is valued.

 

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