Ari Chivukula


I'm a law student at UC Berkeley working on digital self-representation.

I'm a queer/trans mixed-race person of color.

I'm here for you.



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Editor and Typesetter | August 2018 - (May 2020)

Berkeley Law’s student art organization builds community through semesterly zine publications, open-mics, and skill-building workshops.



Pylon II | October 2016

I designed the system that coordinated the visuals across multiple surfaces with the dance for this performance.


Queer Church

The Sword | Pre-Production

The inescapable feeling of paranoia from past trauma and constant-connectedness.

Pizza Roles | August 2017

Inspired by my experience in the corporate diversity cult of glossy marketing photographs, I wrote the script, co-directed, and starred.

You've Got Tail | September 2016

An erotic short touring internationally, most recently at Frameline (largest queer film festival in the world). I underwrote and acted in the film.


Lion's Main Art Collective

Othello Quartz Festival | July 2016

Community art festival in South Seattle funded by 'Arts in The Park' grant from the city. I helped plan the layout and screen artist applicants.

Erasure | November 2015

I collaborated on decay-rebirth themed visuals synced to live music.

Gay City Open Mic | October 2015, January 2016

I facilitated an open mic with Gay City (an STD testing non-profit that also hosts art shows) to make a space for new queer/trans voices.

QTONE | September 2015

Shorts festival focused on queer filmmakers of color. We screened to 200 people and were picked up by Three Dollar Bill Cinema's TWIST festival.



UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly

Law School Delegate | September 2019 - (May 2020)

Sexual Orientation and Gender Advocacy Director | July 2019 - (May 2020)

Lead student coordinator for Berkeley’s graduate queer/trans community through policy advocacy, student engagement, and direct action.


Berkeley Student Cooperative

Vice President of Internal Affairs | August 2019 – (May 2020)

Summer Vice President | May 2019 – August 2019

Board Representative from Hillegass-Parker House | May 2019 – (May 2020)

I was elected to the board of my house’s managing non-profit. I’ll be serving as the head policy wonk for our 1.2k housed students.


UC Berkeley Chancellor's Advisory Committee on LGBTQ Communities

Co-Lead | September 2019 – (August 2020)

Member | September 2018 – (August 2020)

I joined this advocacy group to build community solidarity and assist in updated sexual-harassment and data-gathering policy implementation.


Three Dollar Bill Cinema

Interim Executive Director | February 2018 – May 2018

Board of Directors | January 2017 – May 2018

I assisted in fundraising for this LGBTQ film organization. I managed the staff while a hiring search was run for a new executive director.


Lion's Main Art Collective

Established Board | June 2015 – July 2016

I planned events, filed taxes, and drafted the constitution for this Seattle queer/trans arts organization.


Legal Automation Workshop

Co-Founder | January 2019 - (May 2020)

Provided direct service, data analysis, and research as part of a student legal service project serving Berkeley Law and the larger Bay Area.


East Bay Community Law Center

Intern | May 2019 - August 2019

Worked at the clean slate practice to remove barriers to civic life generated by the justice system. Investigated a misdemeanor diversion racket operated by the Alameda County District Attorney.


Judicial Council Of California

Field Placement | August 2019 – (December 2019)

Technical Consultant | May 2018 – August 2018

I established initial tooling for the founding of the digital service branch. I’ll be working with the Center for Families on their self-help services.


Berkeley Law School

Technology Law | August 2018 – (May 2021)




Principal Engineer | March 2017 – January 2019

I was the backend coder for a system that alerts you when your gun-safe is opened. I coordinated iOS/Android developers in feature development.



Seattle Diversity Coordinator |  January 2015 – April 2016

I founded this position to advocate for underrepresented groups in technology by organizing social, recruitment, and educational events.

Software Engineer |  July 2013 – March 2017

I worked on malicious-website detection, Oculus VR multiplayer platform, custom gender, and developer tools.


University of Michigan

B.S.E. Computer Science | August 2009 – May 2013