Meet Volunteer Advocate Dagoverto Zavala

Oct 22 2012

By Callie Langford, Originally published in TODO Austin Magazine

Dagoverto Zavala grew up in Mercedes, Texas. His family can track their history in Texas back through 7 generations. Dago’s parents were hard working and really pioneered success for their family by being the first to achieve bachelor’s degrees. He says that now everyone in his family has some level of higher education and Dago himself moved to Austin to attend UT after high school.

He didn’t stay put in Austin though: after school he headed to Mexico City to work on his Spanish and went to law school in Washington, D.C. He’s back in Austin working for Austin Energy now and says he loves how friendly this city is, as well as the beautiful water to kayak and swim.

Dago began volunteering with CASA in 2011 and knows “what it’s like to have someone supportive in your life to your share concerns, help you out of tough situations, and just listen to you. I had my parents but these kids need someone to look out for them.” Dago works with CASA teens and while he admits it can be difficult working with youth who are already going through so many life changes on top of their experiences in foster care, he wants to be where his help is most needed.