Karely Ordaz

Job title: 
Graduate Student
Goldman School of Public Policy

Karely Ordaz is a public sector leader with close to a decade working for the public good in both local government and community-based organizations. She holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley in American Studies with a concentration in Environment, Policy and Public Health. She was born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. at age 4.

In her role as Chief of Staff at a community development corporation (CDC), she leads the organization’s policy and advocacy priorities focused on achieving social equity. Prior to that she worked for an anchor institution in San Francisco with a mission of housing homeless families. For over 5 years, she worked for the City of Oakland in the Offices of Councilmember Noel Gallo and Mayor Libby Schaaf. Karely is passionate about giving back and is currently the board chair of a youth development organization in Deep East Oakland.

Karely has worked on many policy issues at the local, state, and federal level all centered around achieving racial justice. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Affairs at UC Berkeley.

Research interests: 
  • Comparative Politics 
  • Development 
  • Finance/Trade 
  • Foreign Policy 
  • Global/Transnational 
  • Governance/Democracy 
  • Human Rights / Norms
  • Science/Environment 
  • Security/Defense