Meet Our Staff
Cesar grew up bilingual and bi cultural in vibrant Baja, Mexico and San Diego California. Before BOTR, Cesar taught for several years in the Bay Area from K/1 all the way to high school, where he became a specialist in teaching AP Spanish. Cesar was content in the classroom for several years teaching a particular subject matter, but then he developed a hunger to teach deeper, to reach the whole person and not just teach a single academic subject. He has also supervised community survey implementation as part of Hayward Promise Neighborhood. Cesar has also been active as a community artist and curator.
Martin was born in California’s Central Valley to a Mexican immigrant farm working family. For over a decade, Martin has managed and directed county-wide health projects, overseen operations in school-based health centers and Federally Qualified Health Centers uplifting undeserved communities in the Central Valley and East Oakland. During his career, investing in the lives of youth has been a pivotal part of his everyday mission. While living in the Bay Area, Martin observed the structural oppression that families face in East Oakland that mirrored his experience as a farmworker.
Group Leader/Outdoor Education Specialist
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.