Meet Our Staff
Program Coordinator – Lift a Brother Up
Before BOTR, Cesar spent the bulk of his career as a Spanish teacher within Oakland high schools. He also supervised community survey implementation as part of Hayward Promise Neighborhood. Cesar has also been active as a community artist and curator.
Jorge E. Garcia
John comes to BOTR from the Richmond/San Pablo area. John identifies himself as a student who didn’t know what his next step in life was after high school. With the guidance of mentors throughout his college career, John learned to balance school and work full-time. Transferring from Contra Costa College, John completed his undergrad degree at UCSB where he discovered his passion for working with underrepresented youth. Along with working in the mental health and non-profit sectors, John has volunteered with various organizations that continue fueling his desire for change in our communities. John strives to become a motivational speaker in the near future to carry on words of wisdom to our youth and young adults of today.
As the Executive Director of BOTR I have found true alignment of my purpose, passion, and skillset. I have been building up these areas of my life in very different ways. My passion around working with our youth and young adults has been ongoing through volunteering with various bay area groups focused on supporting our youth to reach their full potential. My skillset has been developed through my time in the for-profit sector along with partnering with many bay area non-profits to get them to the next level of operating to make a broader impact. Then my purpose comes from my own experience of growing up as a child of immigrant parents trying to navigate through systems that were not set up for us. I will be today the person my family and I needed growing up.
Elgin was born and raised in Oakland, California. Graduate of Florida Memorial University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a graduate of California State University Long Beach with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He has an extensive professional background in education. Working as an upward bound counselor, elementary after school program coordinator, and a peer college advisor. He is a firm believer that education is a crucial tool that the youth and next generation should utilize to be successful. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.