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Ariel Bustos

Program Manager , National Compadres Network

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Location: San Jose, CA
Start Year: 2024
TRHT Pillar: Racial Healing and Relationship Building


Born in Ocotlan, Jalisco, but raised in East San Jose, Ariel grew up with hard-working parents who wanted the best for their children. Despite being faced with many barriers in his community, he was able to accomplish his goals of graduating high school and attending college. Ariel graduated from San Jose State University in 2013 with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. He was then introduced to the National Compadres Network where he currently serves as the network and program coordinator.


The National Compadres Network is a national voice for racial equity, training, system change, and culturally infused efforts that create transformational change. Ariel currently oversees the Joven Noble Youth Academy and the Racial Healing Practitioner’s Network. He was first introduced to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation when overseeing the Forward Promise initiative. This initiative was focused on disrupting dehumanization and addresses the question, “If it takes a village to raise a child, then what does it take to create a healthy village?” 

As the program coordinator for the National Compadres Network, Ariel conducts culturally relevant services to marginalized young and adult men in promising communities. Please see the video for a deeper understanding of who he is. 

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Future Focus

Ariel has supported the establishment of the Racial Healing Practitioner’s Network, an initiative under the larger umbrella of NCN’s Healing Generations Institute. This initiative supports the establishment of a nationally recognized network of healing practitioners who are working toward racial equity and racial healing. Through this initiative, he was able to support the creation of a training and certification process, the RHP Fellowship, and establish an online resource center with access to regional directories of healing practitioners, toolkits to support the work, and access to a repository of cultural teachings for those addressing racial inequities across the nation. For more information, please see this video:

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