Get To Know Rico

Get To Know Rico

Rico Zavala has recently been promoted to the Director of Strategic Alliances at CEDARS. Learn more about Rico and his new role.

CEDARS: Rico, you’ve been with CEDARS quite a while.
Rico: Fifteen years. I started at CEDARS right after completing my degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. I studied Criminal Justice and wanted to make a difference for youth in the juvenile justice system. Doing what is right for kids and families is near and dear to who I am as a person. 

CEDARS: Director of Strategic Alliances? What does that mean?
Rico: In this new role, my hope is to expand community relationships and inform the community and stakeholders about what CEDARS does to help youth and families. I will work closely with our executive team to define short-term and long-term strategies and goals and then connect with internal and external stakeholders to expand on the agency's vision. CEDARS alone can’t tackle all the problems families face. I look forward to working with community members and stakeholders to improve and expand upon the services that are being provided to some of our most vulnerable populations.

CEDARS: Rico, you’re already involved in many areas of the community.
Rico: Yes, I’m on the board of The Bridge Behavioral Health, I serve as Vice President Nebraska Juvenile Justice Association (NJJA,) and Vice President of Noris Baseball Association. I am part of Nebraska Coalition for Juvenile Justice, I coach youth baseball and basketball, I am honored to take part of Lincoln Leadership Fellows 32, and Rotary 14. 

CEDARS: Is there anything else to know?
Rico:  Yes, if there is anyone reading this who feels that they want to make a difference for kids and families in our community, they should not hesitate to reach out to me at 402-434-5437.