2003 Inductee - Jesus Tzintzun

2003 Inductee - Jesus Tzintzun

Community Service

Jesus Tzintzun is literally “La Voz de la Raza.” He produced and hosted the Latino show for KOVR from 1975 to 1988. He has also been executive director of the Council for the Spanish Speaking and presently is a Region Market Manager for Anheuser Busch.

“La Voz was the only communication vehicle which the community had to voice opinions in regards to social and political issues. Advocate groups used this program to inform families and the community of their rights. In many instances critical issues were discussed that affected the farm workers such as pesticides, labor issues, farm labor contractors, and many other issues.

Tzintzun conducted many interviews besides producing and hosting the show. Some of his guests included Cuautemoc Cardenas, the one time Mexican Presidential candidate, the now Cardinal Roger Mahoney, Raul Yzaguirre, Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, Senator Cranston, Norm Shumway, Geraldo Rivera, Mexican actor Mario Moreno Cantinflas, Muhammed Ali and Judge Cruz Reynoso. Entertainers Vicente Fernandez, Felipe Arriaga, Yolanda del Rio, Chacha Saavedra, and Lorenzo de Monteclaro also appeared on the program. La Voz gave birth to “Su Salud” by having a short weekly segment with dentist Guillermo Vicuna.

As executive director of the Council for the Spanish Speaking he “managed and administered a multi funded nonprofit” organization. His term of office, from 1978 to 1987, is the longest in the council’s history. “I was not there at the beginning but pretty close. Nash Munoz was the first director, followed by Luis Contreras, Anthony “Tony” Gutierrez and I.”

“I am not one to take full credit for my accomplishments as this was a team effort and I depended on individuals who supported this agency. I have to say that Concilio’s operational budget when I took the job was anywhere between $100.000 to $150,000, primarily from United Way and the Catholic Diocese. At my departure the Concilio had an operating budget of over 3 Million dollars from different funding sources. By then it had become noticed by the National Council of la Raza, Coperativa Campesina de California, UFW of America, and others.”

Tzintzun has worked at Anheuser-Busch since 1987. His first job was in Marketing and Community Relations. Part of his duties was to manage and implement community programs. He was an Economic Development Specialist from 1973 to 1975. He helped others by “developing business ventures for participants.” He trained the business venture participants and conducted seminars for the community on economic matters.

Tzintzun has been a founding member and four terms President of the Coalition of Mexican American Organizations. He was a founding member of the Hispanic Regional Foundation in 1990 and Comite Patriotico Mexicano in 1977. He has been a member of Comision Honorifica Mexicana, the Mexican American Chamber of Commerce, the Stanislaus State University Stockton Center Advisory Board, and the University of the Pacific’s Community Involvement Program. He was given the Presidential Outstanding Community Achievement of Vietnam Era Veteran award by then President Carter and local politician Richard Yoshikawa in 1979.

“Even though I was not able to travel to Washington, I received this recognition from the County Board of Supervisor Richard Yoshikawa on behalf of President Carter. It was a very special moment as President Carter has always been one of my favorite presidents because of his humanitarian spirit and many other attributes.”