Jose Bernal

Jose is the Organizing Director at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.
Jose comes from a family of first generation immigrants. He grew up in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. In late 2016, Jose was  unanimously appointed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to serve on the San Francisco Reentry Council.  While on the council, Jose has been a very active force in advocating for local restorative justice policies. Currently, he serves as Co-chair of the Reentry Council’s Policy & Operational Practices Subcommittee. Through grass-roots community work, Jose has previously spearheaded initiatives and campaigns to de-privatize reentry services, and to call for an end to gang injunctions. Prior to joining EBC,  Jose was charged with overseeing a shelter program for men of various diverse backgrounds who were experiencing homelessness. Jose is a graduate of  Stanford University’s Project ReMade program, an extensive business and entrepreneurship course aimed at empowering formerly incarcerated men and women.