Oct 10, 2019 · 2 min read
CZI Names Vice President and Head of Justice & Opportunity
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is proud to announce that Mike Troncoso will lead the organization’s Justice & Opportunity Initiative. Mike will transition from his role as CZI’s current Director of Criminal Justice Reform and Immigration to lead the growing portfolio of work including housing affordability, criminal justice reform, and immigration reform. By combining grantmaking, technology, policy, capacity building and advocacy, and cross-sector partnerships, CZI’s Justice & Opportunity Initiative seeks to break down the barriers that keep too many individuals, families, and communities from reaching their full potential.
Mike brings extensive policy, legal, and public service experience to his role at CZI. Prior to joining the organization, he worked in senior roles in health care, technology, and higher education administration at the University of California. Earlier in his career, he served as a senior attorney at the California Department of Justice, as a senior city prosecutor in San Francisco, and as a corporate lawyer. Recognized for his civil rights advocacy, Mike was named California Lawyer’s Attorney of the Year for his work to secure a record recovery for homeowners from the nation’s banks in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, as well as one of the “Top 20 Attorneys Under 40” in California. He is a proud member of the Hispanic National Bar Association and the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association.
In addition, David Plouffe, who joined CZI in 2017 as Head of Policy & Advocacy, is stepping back from day-to-day operations into a new part-time role as a strategist in residence to help guide the organization’s ongoing issues-based policy work. David has decided to make this transition in part to make time for non-CZI endeavors. Under David’s leadership, CZI has grown into one of the largest philanthropic funders in criminal justice reform and has launched a number of critical efforts, including the bipartisan “Clean Slate” initiative with over 25 partners working across the aisle to expand opportunities for formerly incarcerated people.