Integrity in Actions
A Commitment to Excellence
Cesar is a proud American and a 3rd generation veteran. He is the son of a mother who gave up college due to economic and social challenges which led her to serve her community and become politically active. Her goal was to ensure that no one else would have to make the decision of not attending school due to a lack of funds. Cesar's father served in the United States Army by way of the draft in Vietnam with honor and pride for his country as did his grandfather in WWII.
Cesar’s upbringing is displayed in his high level of integrity and service to the community. It was no surprise to anyone when he enlisted in the Army to continue a tradition of honor. After his military service, Cesar went back to school to be the first in his family to graduate from college with a bachelor’s in Management. He continued his education and earned a master’s degree in Business Administration. Cesar’s true exposure to community service began before his collegiate and military career with Aspira of New York, a non-profit community-based organization. It was with Aspira that he was trained and given the opportunity to speak to elected officials as a youth advocate. Notably, he challenged the New York City Mayor, Hon David Dinkins, on the steps of City Hall when an after-school program was in jeopardy of losing its funding. That led to a half-dozen media interviews and a $100k grant from Mayor Dinkins to support the program, which was highlighted in a presentation where the Mayor referred to Cesar as, “the Future Mayor of New York City ''. This was Cesar’s epiphany.
As a college student, Cesar remained active by founding a chapter of a Hispanic-based Fraternal organization, the first of its kind at Pace University.
He served in the Model United Nations Team and debated complicated geopolitical, sociological, and political issues. These aggregated experiences gave him exposure, subsequently being selected to address congress's special sub-committee on Family and Youth Issues. His ability to debate and articulate the concerns of the community helped to create a program in Aspira called Project L.E.Y.E.S (Legal Education Youth Empowerment Services). This leadership training program included Legal Mock Trial competitions where he won twice while litigating fictitious cases.
Cesar has been politically engaged for the past 25 years, 8 of which were here in Florida. He has 20 plus years of Finance Banking Operations experience, ten of which have been spent as a Financial Crime Investigator. Currently, Cesar is an Assistant Vice President of Operations & Technology for a large financial institution and oversees North American, Latin American, and Caribbean portfolios.
Cesar is a proud husband to a beautiful wife and a devoted father to his two daughters, his oldest daughter is currently attending Columbia College in Chicago studying film and his youngest attends 3rd grade at Wagner Elementary in Polk county. His family gives him the motivation needed to continue his grassroots and progressive advocacy for social, economic, and criminal justice reform. Cesar is for Florida.