Cesar was born in Caracas, Venezuela and came to this country with his mother when he was 14.
Cesar received his BA in international politics from New York University in 2010. He studied abroad in Italy and the Czech Republic, and volunteered in the Dominican Republic.
While still in high school in Miami Beach, FL, Cesar founded a service initiative that renovated children's recreational spaces, connected at-risk youth to older mentors and hosted workshops to create awareness about youth homelessness.
At NYU, Cesar was named Senator-at-Large and Dean's Circle Scholar and received the President's Service Award and the Hale/Chavez Community Activism Award. As a Catherine B. Reynolds Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship, he managed the construction of a community center in Rwanda and helped young entrepreneurs develop business plans. He also served as Aide to the Chambers of Justice Sonia Sotomayor at the Supreme Court.