Zazueta family

Alumnus and Family Receive 2011 La Familia Award

Zazueta family

Fernando Zazueta and family

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

The Zazueta family of San Jose will receive the 2011 La Familia Award from the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley. The family is headed by Fernando Zazueta, an SJSU alumnus, and his wife Cecily.

Fernando Zazueta was born in Mexico, arrived in the United States as an infant, and grew up as a migrant farm worker. He attended 16 schools before graduating from SJSU in 1962 with a bachelor of science in business and industrial management.

The Zazuetas “have a long standing history of civic duty and community pride instilled by Fernando and his wife. Together, and by their example, they have passed on their sense of compassion and dedication to volunteerism to their children,” the foundation said.

Fernando also holds a law degree from the the University of California School of Law, Davis. “He is a personal injury attorney in San Jose and has served on local, state, and national mainstream and Hispanic bar organizations. His extensive academic, business and civic resume includes serving as treasurer and president of the state La Raza National Lawyers Association,” according to the foundation.

He was a director and remains a member of the Downtown Rotary Club of San Jose. He was the founding chairman of the board of the Mexican Heritage Corporation. During that time, he helped establish the annual mariachi festival and guided the construction of the Mexican Heritage Plaza. He retired from the board in 2001.

Read the Hispanic Foundation news release.