Team

Nicky González Yuen, Ph.D, J.D.

Nicky González Yuen, founder and co-director of the California Campus Camp, is an instructor and current chair of the De Anza College political science department. As a teacher and organizing trainer, his focus is on the political engagement and civic empowerment of students, faculty, and staff within California’s community colleges. At De Anza, Nicky also served on the faculty union Executive Council where he co-founded the association’s successful student internship program. In addition to serving as the treasurer of the Political Action Committee of the Faculty Association of the CA Community Colleges (FACCC), Nicky is also the Vice President of Peralta Community College Board of Trustees where he has served as an elected trustee since 2004. In 2001, he was a Senate Fellow in the office of the late U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone with whom he studied at Carleton College. Nicky earned both Ph.D. and JD degrees from UC Berkeley.

Alysa Cisneros, M.P.P.

Alysa has over 12 years of experience working in politics, public policy, and as a community organizer. She has worked on issues ranging from data privacy in public schools to tenants rights, and transportation/housing advocacy. She frequently partners with community college students to make positive change in her community. In 2020, she was elected to serve on the Sunnyvale City Council representing District 2 (Downtown), and is proudly the first openly LGBTQ and first Latina elected official in Sunnyvale history. In addition to her public service, she is also a Political Science instructor at De Anza College and counts herself as a proud De Anza alumni. Post De Anza, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political, Legal and Economic Analysis and a Masters of Public Policy, both from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Alysa resides in Downtown Sunnyvale with her partner, teenage daughter, and her dog. 

Jayatri Bhattacharya

Jayatri Bhattacharya, also known as Jaya, is a California Campus Camp organizer specializing in marketing and design. As a current student at San Jose City College, she has obtained her Associates in Media Arts, Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning, Arts and Humanities, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. She is currently pursuing a career in law. Actively involved in SJCC student life with a passion for political outreach and social justice, Jaya was the Vice President of Marketing for Associated Student Government from 2020-2021, as well as Vice President of the Mental Health Club. Jaya is an advocate for women’s reproductive rights, socioeconomic equity, LGBTQ+ rights, climate justice, fair housing access, etc., using her skills as a video editor to create media to add to movement literature.

Harika Maddala

Harika Maddala (pronouns: they/she), intern and organizer of California Campus Camp, is a San Jose-based photojournalist and recent SF State graduate, currently interning with Bay City News. Born and raised in India, Harika moved to the United States with their family in 2018. They formerly worked with Golden Gate Xpress as a staff photographer and photo editor and covered issues such as police violence, prison transfers, environmental racism, etc. Harika placed eighth in Hearst Journalism Awards 2021 for their multimedia story “Family of slain 22-year-old allege evidence tampering,” published by Xpress in July 2020. They recently won a $3000 Fran Ortiz Grant to fund their photo project on the aftermath of police violence and how it affects families of the victims.


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Participants may earn 4 units of academic credit by registering separately for one of two De Anza College classes: POLI 16 (Social Movements Since the 1960s) or POLI 17 (Grassroots Democracy: Leadership and Power). RSVP your spot for 2022!