Jonathan Lorenzo Dena


I am a first-generation, re-entry, EOP, DSP, formerly-incarcerated, follower of Christ, Chicano who transferred from Cosumnes River College and is majoring in Urban Studies. While incarcerated, through personal study and college correspondence courses, I found education as an escape. Realizing the socio-economic disparities in my community that influenced our social demise, I returned to Sacramento as a reform advocate for the most impoverished neighborhoods.

I plan to integrate my experiences and education to assist urban communities economically and socially. I will invest work and research in attainable housing, equitable resource allocation, sustainable community development, and urban education systems: revitalizing social wellness and alleviating stigmatized narratives.

Research interests: 

My research interests include the economic and educational development in various social infrastructure; institutional policies that impact wealth and health outcomes; and designs and processes for community and city planning.