Bikila Ochoa grew up in The Bronx in New York City.  He holds a Ph.D in Sociology and Social Policy from Harvard University.  With the support of fellowships from Harvard University, the Ford Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Bikila’s research focused on the re-entry processes of formerly incarcerated juveniles housed in half-way houses in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts.  He also served as a research associate at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School.

After completing his graduate studies, Bikila enrolled in and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  While in law school, Bikila served as a senior editor of the Journal of Law and Social Change, and interned at the ACLU of Southern California, a public interest law firm, and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.  After law school, Bikila was a fellow at a labor-side law firm where he specialized in issues of workplace racial discrimination and sexual harassment and prior to joining ARC he was a researcher at two organizations.