Meet Our Staff

Cesar Barragan, Co-Executive Director

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.

Martín López Díaz, Jr., Co-Executive Director

I am a creative, empathic, energetic, and “still full of dreams” Systems Change champion at Brothers on the Rise where along with my co-executive director, we empower and mentor boys and teens of color to become responsible, smart, young men.

I’ve spent my career in non-profit service dedicated to uplift marginalized communities in California’s Central Valley, the East Bay, and the Peninsula. In this capacity I’ve led public health programs, overseeing direction of family, mobile, & school based federally qualified health centers, engaging & organizing community to address & solve built-environment issues, address chronic diseases, leading promotoras de salud, mentoring youth, all while consistently acknowledging the endurance of racism throughout & how it affects people of color, and creating paths of opportunity to people who’ve not had access to them. My mission continues to be one that works with cross-functioning teams & outside partners to find solutions to challenges encountered by low-income folks, our Youth, and help bring about positive social & health outcomes.A former farmworker, proud son of Mexican immigrant workers, and raised in rural Fresno County, I moved to the Bay to attend UC Berkeley and later the California College of the Arts-San Francisco. 

 Always hechandole ganas.