Dave Rodriguez, Past State Director

Previously served as California LULAC State Director, Dave was a former National Vice President for LULAC’s Far Western Region and was on LULAC’s National Board of Directors. In addition to his service to LULAC, he continues to be involved in a community and labor alliance organization, a non-profit affordable housing group, and several other community based organizations. Among several awards, his service to the community has been recognized by the California State Senate and Assembly, the Federal Bureau of Investigation for service to at risk youth, Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project, and the “Ohtli” Medal presented by the Government of Mexico for distinguished service to the immigrant community.

Carlos Ramos, Deputy State Director
Ramos has served LULAC as Council President, District Director, State Public Relations Director and Committee Member of the National LULAC Immigration Committee. Ramos has served in the community as board member and officer on numerous community and non-profit boards at the local and state level. He is currently on several development teams involved in the development of a youth-violence prevention program and an economic development, jobs creation initiative, focusing on micro-enterprise minority businesses. Professionally, Ramos was in media sales, sales management and general management, with broadcasting companies such as CBS, Univision and Telemundo. He is sole proprietor of Ramos Córdova Strategy Group, a communication consultancy, and a partner with Stakeholder Management Group, LLC, a government affairs consultancy.

Zeke Hernandez, Past State Deputy Director for Seniors
While serving as California State Deputy Director for Seniors, Zeke serves as President of Santa Ana LULAC #147, the oldest council in California (founded in 1946), he is also a Past LULAC State Director. He serves on the Orange County District Attorney’s Latino Advisory Commission, and the Orange County Registrar of Voters Elections Community Advisory Board. Additionally, he is Vice President of Achievement Institute for Scientific Studies, focusing on encouraging and assisting Latino high school students to major in college and enter into STEM careers. Zeke also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Orange County Veterans Memorial Park Foundation towards the dedication of 125 acres for a veterans cemetery at former El Toro Marine Air Station in City of Irvine’s Great Park, and Chairman of the Rancho Santiago Community College District Latino Advisory Committee

Zeke is a member of American GI Forum Rudy Escalante Orange County Chapter, and Los Amigos of Orange County community advocacy organization. He is also the Interim Executive Director for SER Jobs for Progress, Orange County, Inc.

Gilberto Esquivel, Past State Treasurer
Gilberto was born in Kingsville, Texas, and has lived in the City of Riverside since 1986. Gilberto is currently retired from a career which spanned over 35 years in broadcasting. He and his wife Yolanda have been married for 37 years and live in the University Heights area of Riverside. Currently Gilberto serves as State Treasurer for California LULAC, is also serving as President of LULAC of Riverside Council #3190 In the mid-1960’s, Gilberto started the first LULAC council in Joliet, Illinois also served as a Human Relations Commissioner in the City of Joliet, in the mid70s he served as a member of the Planning Commission in the City of Coachella, Ca. Gilberto has been a founding member and has held positions within numerous civic and community organizations including, President of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Chapter No. 24 in the Coachella Valley, President of the Coachella Valley Mexican American Chamber of Commerce, founding member of the Valley Missionary Program, Chairperson of Nuestra Navidad Christmas Fund, President of Hispanos Unidos of Moreno Valley, member of the Board of Directors and President of the Exchange Club of Riverside, member of the board of Caritas Communications Diocese of San Bernardino, and member of the Board of Directors of the Riverside, San Bernardino and Fontana Hispanic Chambers of Commerce. Member of Human Relations Commission City of Riverside.

Andres Rodriguez, Past State Deputy Director for Young Adults

Currently serving as State Deputy Director for Young Adults, Andres is a former LULAC National Youth Vice President for the Farwest Region as well as California State Youth President. Andres is currently a graduating senior at California State University, Northridge in which he will be receiving a Bachelor’s Degree double majoring in Political Science and Chicana/o Studies. In addition to his service to California LULAC, Andres is also currently a Judicial Intern for the Los Angeles Superior Court in Van Nuys, California. Andres will attending law school in the upcoming 2015 Fall term.

Maria Elena Cruz, Past Deputy State Director for Youth

Jose Barrera, Past State Youth President