Aleks Zavaleta

Aleks Zavaleta

Executive Director

Loco Bloco

San Francisco, CA USA

Do what you gotta do so that when you get to do what you wanna do, you are able to.


By Roadtrip Nation

Aleks Zavaleta


My road in life has been direct.
Was initiated into a gang at a young age; got involved with alcohol and drugs.
Dropped out of middle school; felt dissociated from the European culture she was being taught.
Her sisters convinced her to start taking classes at Loco Bloco, where she studied cooking, drums and theater.
Got so caught up having fun and learning at these workshops, she stopped drinking, got off the streets.
Loco Bloco inspired her to work hard and save her money so she could travel and learn more.
Recognized the profound influence her mentors had on her; knew that she wanted to pay it forward.
Was appointed executive director of Loco Bloco at the young age of 25.
Has one regret, which is not finishing school; always pushing the value of an education to her mentees.
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Executive Director

I teach youth performance arts skills and help them be empowered by becoming artists, teachers and leaders.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Teaching / Mentoring


Challenges I Overcame

Learning Issues
Gangs / Violence

Interviewed By

Anonymous Student