Tico Zendejas

EdD ’19

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The County of Yolo Welcomes a Changemaker in Dr. Tico Zendejas

Tico Zendejas, EdD ’19, was appointed as Yolo County’s first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager in July 2023. Zendejas’s appointment marked a significant milestone in the County’s dedication to incorporating DEI principles within both the government and the community. With this appointment, Yolo County aimed to foster a more equitable and supportive environment where everyone feels seen and heard.

As the manager of Yolo County’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Dr. Zendejas serves as a change agent, advisor, and strategic partner to the County’s leadership team. Yolo County announced that among a competitive pool of applicants, Zendejas stood out due to his exceptional analytical, communication, and presentation skills, and his track record of building strong relationships within organizations and with community partners to advance DEI initiatives is seen as an invaluable asset to our dynamic community.

“Dr. Zendejas’s appointment represents the County’s unwavering commitment to integrating DEI initiatives and programs across our structure, emphasizing inclusivity and engagement for all members of our community,” said County Administrative Officer Gerardo Pinedo. “His experience and expertise in this field will greatly benefit our programs, policies, and projects.”

Prior to joining Yolo County, Zendejas served as the Executive Director of R.I.S.E. Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and opportunities for self-sufficiency in rural communities of Yolo County. Through his leadership and dedication to the rural communities, he successfully facilitated collaborations to construct the Capay Valley Health and Community Center, which will provide improved access to healthcare and resources for residents of Esparto–Capay Valley, exemplifying the transformative changes Zendejas has championed in local systems and structures to create a more inclusive environment for staff and individuals seeking public services.

In addition to his role as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager, Zendejas serves on the Yolo County Office of Education Board of Trustees, where he advocates for youth development. In addition to his Doctorate in Educational Leadership, he holds a Master of Arts in Education and Training, and a bachelor’s degree in Human Services Management.

“I am deeply passionate about justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion practices in government settings and communities,” said Zendejas. “I eagerly anticipate working with all County staff to create and enhance safe and brave spaces for individuals, where differences are respected, and a strong sense of belonging can thrive.”

See original media release on the Yolo County website.

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