Gerardo Párraga is a first-year associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York City. Before living in New York and Durham, Gerardo immigrated to South Florida at a young age from El Salvador. He came to Duke as an undergraduate to study Political Science and Economics. At Duke, Gerardo dedicated his time to advocating for marginalized communities as an executive member of the Latin American Law Student Association, original member of the Low-Income/First-Generation Engagement Committee, and by directly representing victims of domestic violence and eviction diversion in Durham via the Civil Justice Clinic. Gerardo also focused on university improvements as a member of the Duke Student Alumni Board and Next Generation Living and Learning 2.0 Committee along with his undergraduate research focused on mental health and religious inclusivity through Bass Connections. As a law student, he was the Membership Editor of the Duke Law journal and aspires to one day become a professor to expand on his research on the intersection of technology and law.
Gerardo was nominated by the Graduate/Professional Young Trustee Nominating Committee in 2021. He serves as a trustee observer for 2021-2022 and is an observer on the Graduate and Professional Education and Research Committee. He is serving a two-year term on the board, one year as an observer and one year as a voting member.