Cesar was born in Guatemala City, the first of two boys, to working-class parents. His mother was a bilingual secretary and a his father worked at a bank. The turmoil caused by the civil war in Guatemala forced his parents to emigrate. Cesar and his family arrived in Los Angeles, California when Cesar was still an infant.
After his parents separated, Cesar's mother moved the family out of state several times. The family spent a year in Guatemala City, then lived for a time in Miami, Florida, and returned to Los Angeles, California before finally settling in Framingham, Massachusetts.
From a young age, Cesar was quite aware of the family's financial challenges and yearned to be able to help. Before being able to work, he focused on his education and developed a desire to excel in his studies. He arrived in Framingham having graduated at the top of his 6th grade class and entered into an advanced class group at Fuller Middle School, where he was often the only latino student in his classes. Cesar started his first job at the age of 14 and took great pride in being able to contribute towards household expenses. He has always held at least one job since that time.
Cesar met his husband at the age of 13 after having just moved to Framingham, they have been together since their time at Framingham High School.
Cesar went on to earn an undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in Corporate Finance & Accounting at Bentley University and returned to school to pursue an MBA, which he earned from Clark University. Subsequently, he passed the Uniform CPA examination.
Having worked in the Energy Industry for well over a decade, Cesar is currently a senior member of the accounting team for a renewable energy company that develops, builds and operates utility-scale solar and wind farms. His finance and accounting experience is broad, having been exposed to all areas of corporate finance, including internal and external financial reporting, and financial planning and analysis.
Cesar has volunteered his time to community, non-profit and governmental bodies ever since his time in college. He has served on several home owner association boards, as Treasurer. He is currently a member of the Board of Finance at Edwards Church in Saxonville and a member of the Finance Committee of the national non-profit, Family Equality, an organization that advocates for LGBTQ+ families and those who wish to form them. He is a former town meeting member representing Precinct 3 and served as a very active member of the Framingham Human Relations Commission before being sworn into the City Council in January 2020.
Cesar and his husband Jeff, also a Framingham native who grew up on Salem End Road, always knew they wanted to be parents. When the time came, they decided to adopt from Massachusetts foster care. Today, they are dedicated parents and are lovingly raising their two sons in a bilingual, inter-generational household. The family is lucky to share a home with Cesar's mother, who is a major part of the children's lives. Jeff and Cesar recently celebrated their 22nd anniversary.
The boys are enrolled in the two-way Spanish program offered through the Framingham Public Schools.
The kids enjoy spending time at home with their "Abuela" (grandmother) and their little dog, Zander.