Chief Esparza

Chief Esparza is the queer Mexican nonbinary cofounder and executive director of, elevating queer & trans BIPOC voices since 2016. Chief pushes Color Bloq’s tagline in his work: “We are more than our trauma, we dare to joy.” The organization’s impact includes: 240 QTBIPOC voices featured; $45,000 paid to community; 1,200 event attendees; 275,000 website visitors; and partnerships with SF AIDS Foundation, Transgender District, AfroTech, California Endowment, Critical Minded, Good VBZ, and more. Chief is an 8th generation Santa Barbarian, with a BA in Poli Sci from UCSB, and works days in DEI and communications.