Jerry Tello comes from a family of Mexican, Texan roots and was raised in south central Los Angeles. He is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of men and boys of color, fatherhood, family strengthening, racial justice, racial healing, community peace and mobilization and culturally based violence prevention/intervention issues.
Over the last 40 forty years Mr. Tello has dedicated his efforts to “La Cultura Cura” or efforts addressing system’s and community transformational healing from the effects of racial inequity and internalized oppression. His ideology is based on a belief that individuals and community have culturally based knowledge and wisdom that can prevent and heal the pain of relationship/community violence, teen pregnancy, fatherless-ness and racial justice. He has shared these teachings by speaking to over half a million people and training 1000’s of facilitators across the nation to address these issues. He is co-founder of the National Compadres Network (established in 1988) and the present Director of the Training and Capacity Building.
He served as a principal consultant for Scholastic Books on International Bilingual Literacy curriculum focused at reaching low-income families, is the author “A Fathers Love”, a series of children’s books, co-editor of Family Violence and Men of Color, a series of motivational CD’s and co-author of the recently released “ Lifting Latinos Up; From Trauma Informed to Healing Centered.”
He has appeared in Time, Newsweek, Latina and Lowrider magazines and has received many major awards including President Obama’s White House Champions of Change Award, the Maria Shriver Architect of Change Award, two California Governor’s Awards, the Ambassador of Peace Award, and the Presidential Crime Victims Service Award, presented by President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Janet Reno.
He is the proud father of three children; Marcos, Renee, Emilio and grandfather of Amara and Naiya.