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Cesar is a Filipino-American activist, educator and a culturally competent bilingual (Tagalog) psychotherapist. He has been conducting and providing lectures, presentations, speaking engagements and workshops on multicultural issues and subjects at international, national and regional levels since 1989. He is also a proven community organizer, providing leadership and strategic development to various initiatives, campaigns and community building efforts.

He brings a strong commitment to, and makes strong connections between multicultural and social justice work in his activism, and in his private psychotherapy practice. 

In 2008, he received the prestigious Marin Community Foundation’s Beryl Buck Achievement Award for Social Justice. He is also the recipient of the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from the Marin County Human Rights Commission and the Benjamin Dreyfus award from the ACLU. 

He is a former Chair of the Marin County Human Rights Commission and served on many local board organizations such as the Prison Law Office, Multicultural Center of Marin and Marin Foster Parent Association. Prior to his retirement from county government after nearly 23 years of public service, Cesar worked as Marin County mental health system's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer. Currently, he is a board member of NAMI Marin, Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California and is actively involved in many grassroots organizations that are working to advance racial justice-related movements and initiatives.  Cesar is available to speak to your group, to be involved in workshops and presentations, and to provide consultation on community organizing / building campaigns and socially responsible community initiatives and projects.

Cesar may be contacted at 
415.846.3789, or [ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ] .

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, he has been providing psychotherapy since 2000 to a diverse consumer community, specializing in treating individuals, families and groups. Learn more at CesarLagleva.com »

national equity project

youtubeSocial Justice and School "Push-Out"

The National Equity Project coaches people to become the leaders who deliver on the promise of a quality education for every child in America. They build conditions, culture, and competencies for excellence and equity in districts, schools, and nonprofit organizations.

In this YouTube video, Cesar discusses issues in equity leadership. . . .view »

Cesar also serves or has served on the board of directors for The Canal Welcome Center in San Rafael, the Marin Environmental Housing Coalition, and the Prison Law Office in Berkeley.



decoding nimbyism


Reports about the Marin County Office of Education’s plans to relocate the
County Community School in Terra Linda . . ."
published in The Marin Independent Journal, February 17, 2013. Read the article here »

Race and Class: A Community Forum on Problems and Solutions in Marin County's Education System

Forum Report and 2008 Marin County Education Equity Initiative Strategic Plan read here



essence social justice


The qualities of respect, kindness, forgiveness, courage, commitment, compassion should redefine and serve as the compass to finding our shared and common struggles to achieving equity . . ."
published in The Marin Independent Journal, October 7, 2011. Read the article here »



san jose mercury news


We are challenged to confront the underlying root causes that support the symptoms of oppression."
published in The Silicon Valley Mercury News, March 7, 2007. Read the article here »


For lectures, workshops, luncheon or dinner meeting presentations, panel discussions,
organizing, group facilitation and leadership involvement, contact Cesar at 415.846.3789, or by emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ] .