Chesa Boudin, a Rhodes Scholar, completed his second Masters degree in public policy in Latin America at Oxford University in 2006. In 2003 he graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with honors in the history department and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He has been profiled on the front page of the NY Times and been interviewed on CNN and in dozens of newspapers and radio programs. He has been invited to give over 100 lectures in English and Spanish at venues across the US and on three continents on topics ranging from the impact of parental incarceration to Latin American politics, from community service in universities to US foreign policy.
Chesa has visited over 80 countries and all seven continents. He used his time abroad to learn fluent Spanish and Portuguese. He translated Understanding the Bolivarian Revolution: Hugo Chavez Speaks with Marta Harnecker into English (Monthly Review Press, 2005). He is a co-editor of Letters From Young Activists: Today’s Young Rebels Speak Out (Nation Books, 2005) and a co-author of The Venezuelan Revolution: 100 Questions – 100 Answers (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2006). His latest book, Gringo: A Coming of Age in Latin America, was published in 2009 by Scribner. He graduated from Yale Law School in 2011.
Chesa Boudin is the son of Weather Underground members Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert. He was raised by Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.