Expanding opportunities for children, families, and teachers
Jesús Salazar is an education, labor, and community advocate. The son of proud Mexican immigrants, he is the youngest of 12 children and grew up in San Jose where his father worked as a farmworker and mother worked as a janitor to provide for their family. Jesús attended Luther Burbank, where he played football and pledged allegiance every morning in front of the mural on Topeka St. that he and his classmates painted in the back of what used to be Luther Burbank’s cafeteria.
Following high school Jesús went on to obtain his undergraduate degree in political science and a minor in communications from San Francisco State University(SFSU), becoming only the second child in his family to graduate from a four-year college. Later, he would go on to attend the Goldman School of Public Policy at U.C. Berkeley — the first in his family to work towards a master’s degree.
Jesús’ is devoted to serving low-income communities and creating change. While working as a labor organizer for SEIU United Service Workers West/USWW, Jesús mobilized janitors across the Bay Area to advocate for better working conditions and higher wages. His mother being herself a janitor helped drive him to fight for dignity in the workplace for janitorial and working people.
Jesús currently works with an incredible non-profit called City Year inspiring young idealists to serve in classrooms all across the nation. He knows that being able to get a quality public education is what provided him with the opportunities to excel and achieve his dreams. Jesús wants to give every student at the Luther Burbank School that same opportunity.