Cris Arzate is a community development expert with a dozen years of experience in consumer advocacy, K-12 and higher education, youth development, civic engagement, and external relations.
Mr. Arzate is currently the Executive Director of the Variety Boys & Girls Club in Boyle Heights. A graduate of U.C. Berkeley, an alumni of the CORO Foundation Fellowship in Public Affairs, and the Management Development Program at Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Prior to his appointment by Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg to the California Student Aid Commission, Mr. Arzate served for eight years as a Senate Rules appointee to the Structural Pest Control Board under the Department of Consumer Affairs, where he served as President and Vice-President among other roles. He also served as Chair of the Los Angeles Unified School District's Human Relations Commission, and has volunteered as a mentor to the PUENTE Program at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. Cris likes to spend his free time with his wife and two adorable daughters.