Meet the Fellows

Alejandro Patino

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Alejandro is a student at San Jose State University, pursuing a career in software and web development. Over 20 years ago, Alejandro’s parents immigrated from Mexico to pursue their dreams of having a stable life and a respected career for their children. While growing up in the Bay Area in a low-income household, he is the first in his family to attend a four-year university and embark on a journey of higher education. Alejandro’s lived experience has shaped who he is and is what drives his passion for advocating for better opportunities.

As an aspiring software developer, Alejandro is motivated to give back to immigrant and disenfranchised communities by tutoring middle school students in science, math, and introductory computer programming concepts. To encourage students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in STEM, he believes they need more academic guidance and reassurance to keep them engaged and motivated.

Alejandro’s curiosity and passion for tech landed him an position at Code The Dream, a coding Bootcamp that helps prepare people from diverse low-income backgrounds to launch a career in software development. He is learning the fundamentals of programming languages including Javascript, HTML, CSS, and React to prepare for a career in the tech industry.

As a DreamSF Fellow at the Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA). At OCEIA, Alejandro actively collaborates with community leaders to provide accessible resources to those in need. He spearheads the Social Media Committee, developing content strategies and guidelines that drive user engagement and increase interactions on social media. Alejandro's creative skills shine as he creates visually appealing graphics and multimedia content for DreamSF recruitment. Through his strategic approach and meticulous analysis, he expands the organization's online presence, connecting with the community and making a meaningful impact on the lives of San Francisco residents.

During his free time, Alejandro enjoys going on hikes with his siblings to complete the Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge, a self-paced hiking and trail running challenge up six iconic Bay Area mountains. He also enjoys curating playlists for different moods and playing music as a DJ.