Diego "James" Navarro's commitment to social change grew, in part, from his work as a community organizer for the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker humanitarian aid organization, while still in college.  He went on to accrue over twenty years of experience in research and management positions in the computer industry with Hewlett Packard Labs, Apple Computer, and NCR Corporation, and two successful high-tech start-up companies.

Diego began his higher education at his local community college in Southern California, Pasadena City College.  While earning his A.A. degree, he supported himself as a Computer Support Specialist at Bank of America. He holds a B.A. in Computer Systems and Business Administration from Antioch University, and a Masters Degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business.

Diego began teaching at Cabrillo College when he founded ACE in 2002. (Read more about Diego's career change here.)  Diego has also been consistently recognized with many awards honoring his innovative work with ACE.  He currently lives in Santa Cruz, California, where he enjoys spending time with his family and playing jazz piano.

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When Diego presents, he begins by sharing his story. Learn more about how Diego came to be where he is today by following the three section paths below: