Greg Zermeño

Gregorio Sanchez Zermeño is an expert in youth correctional programming and vocational training.

Employment History

Appointed by Governor Davis to oversee California Department of Youth Authority (CYA). Responsible for the incarceration, program content and preparing of 7,000 young men and women committed to the CYA and lead 5,000 staff members to ensure the appropriate values and procedures are utilized. Greg emphasized the importance of community justice models and their effectiveness in training youth.

Superintendent for DeWitt Nelson Correction Facility in Stockton which was designed to rehabilitate adult wards. He managed a multi-disciple staff of over 650, which included peace officers, teachers, administrative support and clerical services as well as oversee the security, budget and maintenance for four facilities. Greg was instrumental in developing a national model for community justice, for which DeWitt Nelson Correction Facility was recognized as the only facility in the United States operating under such model.

The California Youth Authority's Preston School of Industry in Ione had a population of 980 young men, and Mr. Zermeño was responsible for 14 living units. Preston School is stands out from the other CYA facilities because of its individualized programs. The programs Greg managed included the L.E.A. Boot Camp, Specialized Counseling Programs, Intensive Treatment Programs and the Pre-Camp Training Program.

The Reception Center is a CYA institution in Norwalk, receiving wards for assessment and evaluation at the beginning of their incarceration. Greg managed the operations of the clinic and was instrumental in developing a classification change to Youth Counselor from Group Supervisor, which created a savings for the Center and effectively serviced the ward population.

Greg Zermeño has served as Superintendent for youth authority institutions in California after serving in many others and working his way up from positions such as Assistant Superintendent, Supervising Parole Agent, Program Manager, Drug Resource Specialist and Parole Agent. Greg is committed to the future of California's youth that at times are neglected in the system and strives to provide an environment for them to grow and learn for their benefit and California's. He has also taught correctional philosophy and juvenile justice procedures to students of Sacramento City College's outreach programs.

Professional Affiliations and Community Service

He has been a member of the Mexican-American Correctional Association since 1971 when he founded the organization and served as its first State President. He is also an active member of the Latino Peace Officers Association, Sacramento Chapter, which serves to enhance opportunities for Latinos to enter field in law enforcement.
Greg is the Vice President, Board of Directors for the American Red Cross, Sacramento/Sierra Chapter. He oversees the operations of the Red Cross operations in five counties.


Greg Zermeño was a student of Masters of Social Science at California State University, San Jose where he earned his B.S. in Sociology/Corrections.