The first in his family to go to college and oldest of 3 brothers, Cesar was born and raised in Colima, Mexico. At the age of 6, along with his parents, Cesar moved to Pasco, Washington. Cesar graduated from Prescott High School in 2011 with a graduating class of only 17 students. After high school, Cesar attended Washington State University. In the Fall of 2015, Cesar graduated from Washington State University with a BA in Sociology, becoming the first in his family to acquire a college degree. While at WSU, Cesar worked as an MSS Student Mentor, Resident Advisor and an Orientation Counselor. These jobs exposed Cesar to the importance of providing college resources and retaining first generation and low-income students. After graduating from Washington State University, Cesar worked for the GEAR-UP program in Benton City, Washington. While at GEAR-UP, Cesar realized that someone in his position can be the difference between a student attaining a post-secondary education or not. Currently, Cesar works for the Cougs Rise Program as a Project Coordinator and is determined to keep providing access and opportunity for low-income, first generation & underserved student populations in high schools and in college.