Welcome Our Newest Board Members

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The Cesar Chavez Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of Connie Perez-Andreesen and Ernest J. Martinez to our Board of Directors. We are thrilled to welcome them onboard, as they bring a wealth of experience and diverse backgrounds that will contribute to the Foundation’s mission of inspiring and transforming communities.



Connie Perez-Andreesen is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who began her career as a staff accountant, eventually becoming a partner at a regional firm in Kern County. Presently, she serves as the Chief Administrative Officer and National Vice President of the United Farm Workers, lending her expertise to the organization’s operations.



Ernest J. Martinez is a St. Mary’s University alumnus with a business degree and is an active César E. Chávez Legacy & Educational Foundation member in San Antonio, Texas. He has served in various capacities, including as a committee chair, fundraiser, and mobilizer of community event volunteers. Additionally, he is the owner of a Charles Schwab franchise.

Chavez Foundation Celebrates Biennial Staff Convocation

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This past April, the Cesar Chavez Foundation gathered for the biennial staff convocation at the National Chavez Center after a 4-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

More than 250 staff members gathered from the Southwest and California to celebrate this year’s convocation theme, “Let the Spirit Flourish and Grow,” a stanza from the Prayer of the Farm Workers’ Struggle, written by Cesar Chavez. This year’s theme was a reminder of the importance of continuing Cesar’s legacy and celebrating our work of inspiring and transforming communities.

On the first day of the convocation, staff members enjoyed a tour and a welcome reception at the National Chavez Center, a place important to Cesar and where he lived and labored his last quarter century. On the second day, staff gathered at the Marriott in Bakersfield to celebrate, network, and be recognized for their contributions to Cesar’s legacy.

The convocation culminated with a recognition ceremony honoring years of service and our team’s commitment to ensuring Cesar’s legacy continues by improving the lives of the people and communities he served throughout his life.