Ces Rosales is an activist, a small business owner, an immigrant and a passionate fighter for social justice. She has lived in Berkeley, District 7, for over 18 years, in a co-housing community she co-created with her wife and friends. Previous to that she lived in Oakland and San Francisco.
In the early 70s, when students were fighting for their rights in Berkeley, she was fighting for freedom against martial law during the Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines. The Marcos military dictatorship took away the country’s freedoms of speech, of assembly and of the press and in fighting for her rights, Marcos put her life and the lives of her love ones in danger. Ces had to leave the country and ended up in Vancouver, Canada.
Ces immigrated to the Bay Area in the mid-80s and continued her passionate pursuit of social justice in areas of international solidarity, class, race, labor, women's, immigrant and lesbian and gay rights issues.
Guided by her desire to help organizations deliver their messages effectively to their communities, Ces found herself creating and designing materials for organizations whose goals and missions are closely aligned to her own political interests. It turns out that a lot of non-profit organizations, with their limited budgets, needed her expertise in producing their materials – newsletters, brochure, annual reports and many more. Eventually her small enterprise turned into a small desktop publishing/graphic design business in San Francisco. The business started in her living room – and soon moved into a commercial space in the Castro and later in Downtown San Francisco. Creating jobs as it grew, Ces learned what it means to run and grow a business, work with people with varying needs and demands and operate effectively with government regulations.
As Founder and Principal of ZesTop Design, Ces created a business thriving with creativity and employee opportunities for 20 years. ZesTop catered to a client base of about 80% non-profit organizations, many of whom still exist today. Some of these are: the ACLU, Family Violence Prevention Fund (now Futures Without Violence), Equal Rights Advocates, The Roberts Foundation (now the REDF), East Bay Community Law Center, Public Health Institute, Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club, SF AIDS Foundation, SF Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, Youth Law Center, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Satellite Senior Housing in Berkeley and the YWCA of Contra Costa County in Martinez.
But throughout this period, Ces continued her volunteer work for social justice causes: Board member of the San Francisco Women’s Building/Women’s Center and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Founder and organizer of the East Bay No On Prop 8 Campaign based in Berkeley; past chair and current commissioner of the Berkeley Community Health Commission, co-chair of the Le Conte Mural Arts Project, two successful fundraisers for Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, and for the past six years, the organizer of the National Night Out in her Russell and Ellsworth Streets neighborhood, to name a few.
Ces is currently the Northern CA Vice Chair of the CDP Women’s Caucus – where she continues to advocate for the passing of the Equal Rights Amendment, for reproductive rights, workers rights, immigrant rights, environmental protections and many more issues affecting our community. Ces is also a delegate to the Democratic State Central Committee, an alternate on the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee and on the boards of the East Bay Women’s Political Alliance, East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club and the Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County. She is also a member of the Wellstone Renewal Democratic Club, MGO Democratic Club, Berkeley Democratic Club and Sierra Club.
Ces loves photography, outdoor activities, like boogie boarding, golf and giving treats to her co-housing doggies.
Ces has a communications degree and lives in her co-housing community in Berkeley with her wife of 30 years.