A Welcome Home

An alumnus is the City of San Luis Obispo's new diversity, equity and inclusion manager.

Nestor Veloz-Passalacqua

Nestor Veloz-Passalacqua. Photo by Dylan Head.

In February, Nestor Veloz-Passalacqua (Comparative Ethnic Studies ’11, Master of Public Policy ’16) became the city of San Luis Obispo’s new diversity, equity and inclusion manager after a national search. He leads citywide organizational diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and collaborates with city leadership to foster opportunities for education, inclusion and belonging within the community.

“I look forward to working with all city staff to create and enhance safe and brave spaces for all individuals where differences are respected and where we can foster a strong sense of belonging,” Veloz-Passalacqua said in the city’s press release.

Veloz-Passalacqua previously served the community as the DEI program manager for the county of San Luis Obispo’s Behavioral Health Department and has a deep knowledge of the changes needed in local systems and structures to create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for staff and all individuals seeking public services.

In addition to his degrees from Cal Poly, Veloz- Passalacqua has earned two associate degrees from Cuesta Community College and a master’s degree in legal studies from the University of Arizona. His deep-rooted cultural experiences and affinity to learn from other cultures and to learn languages have shaped his worldwide lens for inclusion, acceptance, respect and change.

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