Association President 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, including serving as Yucaipa-Calimesa Chapter 209 President, Regional Representative, Alternate Area F Director, Area F Director, Association Second Vice President and Association First Vice President. 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. In addition to his work and union leadership responsibilities, Valdepeña is active in his community, coaching high school track since 1989, and owning and operating a DJ company since 1985.