Cesar Zepeda believes it is important to give back to the community that shaped his outlook and his opportunities. When Cesar was eight, his family immigrated from Guadalajara, Mexico to Richmond in order to provide opportunity to their family. Cesar grew up in Richmond and San Pablo, attending Helms Elementary School, Richmond High School and Contra Costa College.
Currently, Cesar is President of the Hilltop District Neighborhood Council and President and Founder of the Hilltop District Homeowners & Stakeholders Association. As President, Cesar has demanded accountability from the City of Richmond. He jump-started completion of a park that was in the works for 16 years, successfully advocated for installation of light poles that were down for eight years and new ADA accessible sidewalks.
Cesar co-founded Richmond’s first LGBT organization, Richmond Rainbow Pride. He also started Bring the Music Back, a campaign to raise funds to revive school music programs. He has raised $100,000 toward new instruments at Richmond High School and Kennedy High School.
Communities thrive when neighbors help each other out. That’s why Cesar co-founded Calle 23, a group dedicated to enhance, promote and improve the neighborhood in and around one of Richmond’s busiest streets – 23rd Street.
Cesar serves on several non-profit boards and organizations, including the Contra Costa Community College Foundation, President of the West Contra Costa Democratic Club, and Chair of the Environmental Justice Committee for the Sierra Club.
Cesar works as an analyst and broker at Aon, an insurance firm, in San Francisco. This is what Cesar does for work. What he does for a living – the things that motivate and inspire him – is to give back and help others through his volunteer work in the community.
When not volunteering at a community event, Cesar can be found around Richmond with his dogs Zasha and Zoe.
·2018 Richmond Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award
·2018 Love Your Block Award
·2015 Crime Prevention Volunteer of the Year Award
·2015 Neighborhood Watch Volunteer of the Year Award