Director, Strategic Equity Initiatives
UC Berkeley Basic Needs Committee Chair
UC System Basic Needs Co-Chair
Ruben E. Canedo (B.A. 2012, ethnic studies and social welfare) is a UC Berkeley Regents’ & Chancellor’s Scholar alumnus who identifies as a troublemaker and leads national efforts to address basic needs within higher education. He is a co-founder of the Basic Needs Center at UC Berkeley. Canedo has established himself as a national expert on student food security and college campus programs and policies to address the issue. He established and currently coordinates the efforts of campus food security working groups at all 10 UC campuses, and is engaged in actively researching and addressing college student food access and security.