The CSEA Board of Directors consists of five Constitutional Officers and 10 Area Directors, each of whom is democratically elected by CSEA members. All Board members are volunteers who work regular classified jobs. Only the Association President is granted full release time from his/her classified job.
Ben Valdepeña is the Association’s 45th president since 1927. Valdepeña is a lead custodian with the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District, where he has worked since 1983. A CSEA member for more than three decades, Valdepeña has held a variety of elected and appointed leadership positions. Valdepeña was also honored as CSEA’s Activist of the Year in 2007 for his outstanding organizing efforts.
Valdepeña is an active leader in the Labor Community, serving as an Executive Vice President of the California Labor Federation and Co-Chair of Labor United for Universal Health Care.