Son of immigrant parents, Sergio was born in San Francisco and has lived and worked in the Oakland, CA for over 20 years. Sergio began organizing around educational and social justice issues at the age of 15. He Co-Founded the Raza Leadership Program in 2000 at the Spanish Speaking Citizens’ Foundation in an effort to address the under representation of Raza (Latinx) youth in community leadership programs across the city. The program was centered on Raza history and civic engagement. His work to give voice and knowledge to young people set him on a path in education and has been teaching Raza Studies across Oakland Unified School District schools since 2007. Sergio is currently a teacher at MetWest High school and has collaborated with the school district as a contractor with the OUSD Department of Equity, Latino Student Achievement Task Force, and the OUSD Sanctuary Task force providing educational training to adults working with Oakland youth.