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. 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.