Carlos & Linda LeGerrette
Lives Dedicated to Service
Linda LeGerrette Named New Executive Director.
Carlos and Linda LeGerrette are two totally independent freedom rights workers who are known to be “joined” at the hip. Married and involved in the struggle of justice since the 60’s, Carlos and Linda are blessed to have been dealt a life full of opportunities of serving others.
Since the founding of the Cesar Chavez Service Clubs in 2000, Carlos has served as our Executive Director. Carlos’ path was filled with organizing successes including founding member of student organization MECHa, Educational Opportunities Program Director at San Diego State University, Special Assistant to Governor Jerry Brown, Board Member of the Southeast Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), Director of San Diego Convention Center Corporation, Operations Director of Urban Corps of San Diego and the local AFL-CIO's Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program which is now implemented nationally. Carlos retired from Cesar Chavez Service Clubs in June 2016 to focus on managing his collection of more than 3,000 photographs of Cesar Chavez and the farmworker movement.
We are excited to announce that Linda assumed the responsibilities Executive Director as of July 1. 2016.
Linda has blazed many trails serving on diverse boards such as the San Diego City Civil Service Commission, San Diego Transit Board, AYH (American Youth Hostels), MEND (Mother’s Embracing Nuclear Disarmament), Mid-City Health Services Foundation and Adult Protective Services. For six years, Linda dedicated her life to the United Domestic Workers' campaign struggle of bringing home health care workers collective bargaining rights, and respect. Cesar Chavez had two dreams, a union for farmworkers and a union for domestic workers. The United Domestic Workers Union is one of three national unions in labor history founded, organized and directed by people of color.
Linda and Carlos’ Some of their dual achievements include confidants and organizers for the late United Farm Workers President, Cesar E. Chavez, pioneers and developers of the Price Club’s (now Costco) multi-million dollar business delivery program, Field Office Director and Coordinators of San Diego City School’s successful Proposition MM $1.5 billion dollar school construction bond, and numerous other political and neighborhood campaigns.
As the founding architects of the Cesar Chavez Service Clubs, an organization dedicated to teaching our youth to believe in themselves and to know that they can make a difference, you’ll find Linda and Carlos teaching the values, leadership and organizational skills necessary for participation in a democratic society. Today, because of their hard work, leadership and direction, the Chavez Service Clubs is the fastest growing youth leadership club in San Diego.
Committed community leaders with a passion for education, equity and social justice.
Richard Barrera draws on 25 years of community organizing experience prior to his coming on board as a director of the Chavez Service Clubs. His years of personal experience working in the community led him to being elected to the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education. Richard represents a large core of San Diego’s inner city schools where he has gained a hard earned reputation working very closely with parents, teachers and administrators. Richard’s impeccable reputation as an individual who has the uncanny ability to “reach” across has earned him much praise from labor and the private sector. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in American History from UCSD, and a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University.
Board Vice President
Ken Seaton-Msemaji has served as founder, president, and Chief Executive Officer of the United Domestic Workers of America (UDW). UDW is the first known successful domestic workers union in the United States, and only the third enduring union in American Labor History to be founded, built and directed by African-Americans or Latinos. He holds over 45 years of community service beginning in the 1960's during the civil rights movement and credits his organizational successes to the early support and close relationship between Cesar Chavez and the UDW. The legacy of Cesar Chavez was always in the forefront of the UDW’s activities and today provides union representation opportunities to over 200,000 California home care workers.
Sam M. Duran served as the founding Chief Executive Officer of Urban Corps of San Diego County. Through Sam's guidance, he developed the Urban Corps into a multi-million dollar organization that has empowered the lives of more than 5,000 at-risk youth. Now retired, Sam still dedicates himself to serving thousands of area youth through leadership and development programs. The Urban Corps has always been a partner to the Chavez Service Clubs, originally as the Club’s fiscal sponsor. Both organizations have worked very closely together in a number of community service projects.
Cecilia Estrada has recognized the lack of resources and incredible abilities of children attending poor, inner city elementary schools in San Diego. A highly esteemed former teacher and retired principal, Cecilia has always valued a strong parent participation in their children’s education. Under her guiding hand, Sheila provides tremendous insight regarding curriculum development and the practical use of k-12 service-learning models. As a principal or a teacher, Cecilia’s legacy in teaching continues. She continues in her quest of organizing parents through her work with the Price Philanthropies.
Emilio J. Huerta holds a strong personal understanding of the power of people collectively working together through his experiences as the son of United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta and growing up in the farm workers’ movement. Emilio earned a B.A. degree in political science from California State University, Bakersfield and a law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. He has extensive experience involving civil rights cases on behalf of undocumented workers, helping negotiate labor union contracts, and handling grievances and arbitration cases. Emilio’s lifelong involvement working with those of limited resources brings a very valuable asset to his leadership in the Cesar Chavez Service Club.
Ann M. Smith She is an attorney in San Diego whose years of service to the United Farm Workers (UFW) in the 1970s and ‘80s, together with her continued commitment to working people in the practice of law since then, make her well-qualified to help the Clubs fulfill their mission. When Governor Brown signed the Agricultural Labor Relations Act into law in 1975, Smith came to California to help the UFW put this law into action to improve the wages and working conditions for California’s farmworkers.
After graduating cum laude from the Monterey College of Law in 1985, Smith passed the bar the same year and has been practicing law with the same firm ever since. In keeping with her UFW roots, for the past 30 years, Smith has specialized in employment litigation on behalf of employees and has also successfully litigated serious personal injury cases, including cases involving medical malpractice and product defects.
Carol Kim began her career as a classroom teacher in an inner city school, where she also led an afterschool program for at-risk boys. She followed that with several years working in HIV prevention, serving high-risk groups. As a wife and mother of two, Carol has spent the past eight years working with schools and school districts to provide effective programs that support health, safety, and well-being for public school students. Carol is active in local politics and social justice issues. In 2012 she was a candidate for the San Diego City Council District 6 where she actively communicated directly with voters about the many issues facing neighborhoods and the City of San Diego.
Bernie Rhinerson has a passion for public education and public service. He currently serves as an elected Trustee on the San Diego Community College District and is the former Chief of Staff at the San Diego Unified School District. In his 30+ year career as a marketing communications professional, Bernie has also served in numerous public service positions including service as the former Chair of the San Diego County Water Authority and Past President of the San Diego State Alumni Association. In addition to his current service on the Community College Board, Bernie is also an adjunct instructor at San Diego State University teaching in the School of Public Affairs.
Natalie LeGerrette serves as the Chavez Clubs Supervising Manager overseeing the work of Club managers, Coodinator and Club interns. Her dedication to the Chavez Clubs began in the fifth grade when she herself, was elected president of her own Chavista Club at Longfellow Elementary. Natalie joined the Chavez Clubs in 2009 as a Club Coordinator. A former United Domestic Worker's Youth Brigade worker and Americorps volunteer, she has dedicated her young life to serving the community. Natalie graduated from Point Loma High School where she was an Aaron Price Fellow and has attended City College and Southwestern College. Natalie is passionately committed to building and maintaining Cesar Chavez Service Clubs that engage and inspire young students who believe in themselves and who embrace the ten core values Cesar Chavez.
Board Member Emeritus
Victor Griego served as Chair of the Chavez Clubs Board for its first eight years. He continues to be an enthusiastic supporter of our work and remains a valued advisor to our Board and Staff. Victor, in 2012, assisted in founding Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL). WELL is a statewide California nonprofit initiative committed to educating local Latino elected officials on the challenges to California’s water policy. To date, it has educated over 245 of the 400 California Latino local elected officials.
These dedicated Club Managers, coordinators and interns make if all happen! They lead our Chavez Club meetings at our schools and organize service projects for our Chavistas!
Back row: Sara Hillier, Mohamud Osman, Hamud Mohamed, Nelson Rodriguez
Front Row: Natalie LeGerrette, AnaYeli Ruiz, Paty Arvizu, Joyce Huang, Maria Urias, Marisol Mojica
Not In Photo: Kate Cordua and Andrew Sanchez