Jose Cervantes

Jose Cervantes, wearing a dark suit, blue shirt and yellow tie sits in front of a U.S. flag and a Veterans Affairs flag


Member, Board of Trustees


  • M.A., Public Administration, San Diego State University
  • B.S., Economics and Finance, Gallaudet University, 2005

Short Biography

Cervantes has extensive experience with humanitarian-based leadership efforts, through managing services for military service members, Veterans, and in leading community and youth projects.

He served seven years on the San Diego Community College District's Trustees Advisory Council for one of the largest community college districts in the country, with over 130,000 students annually, and was involved in fostering partnerships between the district and community organizations. He spent six years on the City of San Diego Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention. Cervantes was appointed by the Mayor of San Diego and received recognition for his work in identifying, reducing, preventing, and intervening with gang activity through implementing various programs that targeted at risk youth.

Later, Cervantes served on detail as assistant director of the Veteran Affairs Record Management Center, in which he was responsible for day-to-day operations and supervision of over 400 employees, and provided leadership oversight of the station budget and staffing requirements.

Cervantes currently is the supervisory analyst/program manager for the Office of Field Operations within the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. He is responsible for leading a team assisting the Deputy Undersecretary of Field Operations with the management and oversight of 56 Regional Offices of the Veteran Benefits Administration, comprising over 20,000 employees.

Cervantes completed Harvard University's Senior Executive Fellows Program, coursework at the Treasury Executive Institute, and numerous Veteran Affairs programs. He has completed doctorate coursework in educational leadership as well. Cervantes earned a master's degree in public administration from San Diego State University and a bachelor's degree in economics and finance from Gallaudet in 2005. He is married to Jordan Cervantes, '04, and has two deaf children enrolled at Kendall Demonstration Elementary School.