Born in Lourdes, New Mexico, he came to Washington State as a migrant Farm Worker. A form high school drop-out for economic reasons, he later became one of the first Chicano students to graduate from the University of Washington.
Founder of El Centro de la Raza, Roberto Maestas was the Executive Director for 37 years. Since its founding, El Centro de la Raza has provided vital social and emergency services to over one half million low-income persons of diverse ethnic backgrounds and has maintained cultural and educational exchanges with many countries in Latin America.
Roberto did extensive writing, lecturing and led community actions in the struggle for social, environmental and economic justice. He was proudly arrested 13 times for just causes.