2011 Inductee - Gene Acevedo

2011 Inductee - Gene Acevedo

Community Service

Gene Acevedo was born in Washington, DC to David Acevedo and Maria Dolores Muñoz. He has an older sister and brother, Janet and Mauricio. Gene was raised in Parácuaro, Guanajuáto, Mexíco. At age 9, Gene and his family moved to California where he graduated from Franklin High School in 1993.

After graduating from high school, Gene returned to Mexico and attended “Centro de Educacion en Computación Acambaro,” graduating with a BS. Upon returning to Stockton, Gene became the first in his family to receive a MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2008.

In 1997, the late Susan Casillas influenced Gene’s path in life as she taught him the rewards of serving the public sector. Susan and Gene formed a Healthy Families Outreach team which placed the Council for the Spanish Speaking (El Concilio) among the leading agencies in the nation promoting the program. His work allowed many Latino children to receive affordable healthcare.

When Barbara Matthews was elected to represent California’s 17th Assembly District, Gene became her representative. Within a few years, he served as her Legislative Aide at the State Capital. He also served as Legislative Aide to Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani.

In the late 1990’s Gene was deeply involved with the Latino Partners for Healthy Tomorrow, a program for young adults aspiring to attain professional careers and community engagement. Today, more than 20 participants who were not considering college completed their college education. Gene served as President of the Coalition of Mexican American Organizations. Under his leadership, the organization’s membership grew and the Cinco de Mayo Parade became one of the largest parades in the history of San Joaquin County.

The Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery (MHC) is another project that has flourished under his presidency. A business plan was developed, and through Gene’s efforts, a home for the MHC was established. The facility allows space for visual, performance, and cultural exhibits.

Gene partnered with Roberto to publish The Bilingual Weekly (BW). Today, BW is a publication dedicated to educating residents with original information relevant to local communities.

In the last two years Gene has assisted the Stockton Symphony in broadening its audience. He has supported the Symphony’s partnership with UOP in establishing Project Harmony, an initiative to provide learning opportunities to disadvantaged children as developed by Venezuela’s “El Sistema” educational music program.

Gene simultaneously manages his community engagements projects, while working full-time at Hospice of San Joaquin as community Outreach Director.