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Mike de la Rocha

Mike de la Rocha has a rare ability to use music as a way to stimulate conversation, build community and bring to light some of the most pressing social issues of our time. With more than 15 years of experience advancing public policy and empowering community stakeholders, Mike has facilitated strategic coalition-building efforts, drafted historic legislation and implemented innovative youth development programs nationally and internationally.

His work merges the beautiful worlds of arts, culture and activism. In 2013, he created Living Rooms Across America (LRAA), an annual series of curated events featuring performances and conversations with policymakers, cultural influencers and community leaders, through which Mike was able to spotlight successful approaches to reducing gun violence. The focus of his work is to utilize the arts, and specifically music, to help change people's attitudes and perceptions around the criminal justice system through the stories of victims and those directly impacted by violence.