Arthur is a proud Chicano raised in Los Angeles (Tongva Territory). His parents are from Lincoln Heights in Northeast Los Angeles and his grandparents’ roots lay in Zacatecas, Sinaloa, Southern Colorado and Austria Hungary. Arthur is married to his high school sweetheart with whom he has three beautiful children.
Arthur’s work at the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) includes serving as a member of the child welfare monitoring team for Humboldt County, California; support staff to the the Parent Leader Network, a national network focused on systems change with race equity as the foundation; and a member of the evaluation team looking at the first 10 years of The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities initiative. Previous projects supported include being part of the Partnership Support Team for First 5 LA’s Best Start initiative in Los Angeles County, a place based effort focused on improving the lives of families with children 0-5 through parent led community partnerships.
In his community Arthur is an organizer with IPR Healing Arts Space in South Central LA, focusing on working with youth and community to tap into the healing nature of the arts and our indigenous cultures and traditions. He is also a member of the conference organizing committee for the Healing Communities Collaborative, focused on uplifting native and indigenous practices in community work. Arthur also volunteers as a circle keeper for EL Rancho Unified School District’s Joven Noble youth rites of passage program. Arthur’s family is proud to be a part of the Kids 4 Freedom and Justice collective working to raise consciousness and supporting youth along their social justice and activist journeys.
Previously, Arthur served as a youth advocate and case manager for a South LA based YouthBuild program, helped run summer camps for South LA youth and worked for the Institute for Community Peace coordinating gun violence prevention conferences.
Arthur is a graduate of the University of Southern California and holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in Chicano Studies. He was a member of MEChA and co-founded a student group, Campus and Community United, to serve as the student counterpart to a community campaign fighting against the gentrification of the surrounding community.