Cesar Cabrera was born in the Dominican Republic and came to the United States at the age of 8. After graduating from George Washington H.S. in NYC, he came to Buffalo to attend Buffalo State College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. Mr. Cabrera holds a Master of Science degree in Multidisciplinary Studies/Public Relations Management. Mr. Cabrera is also a graduate of the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, Executive Education Program at the University Of Maryland School Of Public Affairs.
In 1994, Mr. Cabrera was appointed Special Assistant to the Mayor and the City’s Coordinator of Special Events. In 1996, Mr. Cabrera was promoted to Director of Job Placement for the City of Buffalo. In this new position Mr. Cabrera linked the City’s economic development projects and the jobs created from these projects with city residents looking for work. In October of 2000, Mr. Cabrera was appointed Assistant Administrative Director of the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium, Inc. (WDC). In 2008, Mr. Cabrera was appointed by Governor David Paterson as the NYS Department of Labor’s Commissioner’s Regional Representative overseeing Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany Counties
In 2007, he was nominated by former Governor Spitzer for a commissioner position with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA). Mr. Cabrera has served as a director on numerous boards including, the National Conference, BSC Alumni Association Board of Directors, Citizen Action of New York, Los Tainos Senior Citizens Center, Hispanics United of Buffalo, Buffalo Community Television, and Aids Family Services. In addition he was one of the founders of La Prensa Hispana, a Hispanic monthly newspaper. Mr. Cabrera served a 4-year term as a member of the City of Buffalo’s Citizens Planning Council.
He has received several awards, including, Distinguished Alumnus Award in Communications from Buffalo State College, Outstanding Service Award 5th Annual Hispanic Health Fair, the EOP Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Community Service Award from the Latin American Cultural Association. He was voted one of Ten Emerging Twenty-Something Western New Yorkers by the Buffalo News in 1995. In 2002, Mr. Cabrera was named to the “40 Under Forty” honor roll by Business First. In 2004, Mr. Cabrera was a nominee for the United Way’s Community Hero Awards. He is also the recipient of the Buffalo State College Young Alumnus Achievement Award.