Neighbors Program Director
Ulisses Vasquez, a Modesto native, holds a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley. As the eldest of five siblings, he enjoys spending quality time with them, engaging in sports, enjoying movies and anime together, and even serves as a host and producer for a local podcast, "Better Modesto Show."
Ulisses has diverse experience, including working as a Substitute Teacher at Modesto City Schools and serving as a Program Specialist at Able Works. He also contributed to community well-being by working with Curative Inc. in COVID-19 testing and as a public servant for the US Census Bureau and Stanislaus County Elections Office during the 2020 Presidential Election.
Excited to be back in Stanislaus County, Ulisses is passionate about serving and fostering positive change in his community. He's an avid sports enthusiast, appreciates green spaces, enjoys reading, savoring mole, and cherishes watching an episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
What is your role at Love Stanislaus County?
I have the privilege of serving as the Neighbors Program Director for Love Stanislaus County. I am excited to lead the planning, development, and execution of the innovative Volunteer Central program. I also support our Neighborhoods vision, where I work closely with community leaders and residents to create a more connected, caring, and vibrant Stanislaus County.
What do you love the most about your job?
I am grateful to be working alongside and collaborating with the helpers in our community who are actively working to make a positive impact in the place we all deeply care about. I am profoundly grateful for the chance to meet and connect with people from diverse backgrounds all over our county, as it enriches my perspective of our community.
What do you love most about living in Stanislaus County?
I love Stanislaus County because it is where diverse cultures come together to create a rich tapestry of experiences. I was born and raised here and have continued to be amazed as I explore more with my siblings. The variety of delicious food, amazing arts, fascinating local history, fresh local produce, and excellent educational opportunities make it a truly special place to call home.
In what ways do you participate in the community?
I actively engage with my community through multiple avenues. As the Youth Director at Radiant Covenant Church, I nurture the growth of our youth program. Additionally, I produce and co-host the Better Modesto Show, a local podcast where I help highlight local voices and issues. I am an alum of the Latino Leadership Initiative with the City Ministry Network in Modesto, and I am current participant in Commonwealth Modesto (CWM).