Diversity Digest Spotlight - Exceeding Expectations: Volunteering as a Recent Grad with Giovanny Machado ’19

Denise Pacheco, M.A. ’04, Ph.D. ’11, Senior Director for UCLA Alumni Diversity Programs & Initiatives connected with UCLA Latino Alumni Association University Relations Co-Chair, Giovanny Machado ’19 to learn about what motivates him to volunteer with the UCLA Latino Alumni Association and be a leader as a young alumnus.


iovanny Machado is one of five children born and raised by Mexican immigrant parents in the Inland Empire in Fontana, California. While studying Psychology and Sociology at UCLA, Machado co-founded Reforming Education to Diminish Incarceration (REDI). Having been system-impacted himself, Machado developed leadership skills through REDI to help formerly incarcerated, or system-impacted individuals gain access to prestigious universities like UCLA through various workshops, tutoring and outreach.

Giovanny Machado '19 sits atop the  Bruin bear statue
Giovanny Machado '19 sits atop the Bruin bear statue.

“I find great fulfillment in motivating individuals from similar backgrounds to exceed their own expectations,” Machado says.

The lasting memories and opportunity to contribute to a meaningful program like REDI deepened Machado’s commitment to stay involved with the university by volunteering with the UCLA Latino Alumni Association (ULAA) in the years following his graduation.

Machado currently serves as the University Relations Co-Chair on the ULAA board of directors. In his role he has continued to motivate UCLA students and alumni to exceed expectations by organizing career panels and programs to promote and inform the alumni community about UCLA’s goal of becoming a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Machado fosters authentic connection with both students and alumni through his shared identity, experiences and his volunteerism with ULAA.

“UCLA Latino Alumni Association has definitely contributed to my professional development and network. I have been introduced to leaders and entrepreneurs who are making a difference on all levels, Machado said of his experience being a young alumnus on the ULAA board.”

Machado acknowledges that it can be challenging as a recent graduate to balance career goals, family commitments and volunteerism. 

“As a young professional, I balance my career, personal life and volunteer commitments by practicing the cultivation of my inner garden. There are various ways I plant seeds such as practicing mindfulness, meditation, journaling, or incorporating daily movement by running, hiking and weight lifting. I think it is important to cultivate your inner garden and plant the seeds of habits that will make you a better person internally and externally.”

Machado encourages alumni to get involved in alumni activities as their capacity allows — whether it be through volunteer leadership on a board, attending alumni events and programs or by simply staying informed about alumni activities. He hopes that by volunteering with ULAA he is able to create a community that provides mutual support and growth for all Bruins.

You can learn more about the UCLA Latino Alumni Association by visiting the network’s website. The nomination period for the 2024-2025 ULAA board of directors is currently open through April 12, 2024.

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