Southwest Key


  • Doctoral candidate in Canon Law at the Pontifical University of Salamanca, Spain
  • J.C.D., Gregorian University, Rome, Italy
  • Town-Planning Diploma, University of Guadalajara
  • J.D., University of Guadalajara
  • Certificate of Recognition from the University of Guadalajara. Dissertation with honors in 1997, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.
  • Certificate of Recognition in the XI Recognition Ceremony of the University of Guadalajara, in the Attorney’s Generation 1991-1996 “A”.
  • Certificate of Recognition from Law School in the Attorney’s Generation 1991-1996 “A”. University of Guadalajara.
  • Certificates of Recognition “Mariano Otero” from the University of Guadalajara in the academics years 1992-1993, 1993-1994, 1994-1995,1995-1996.

Jesus Cabrera was born and raised in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in a middle-class Catholic family. He graduated from Law School at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1996. He came to the United States in 1998 to study in the English as a Second Language Program (ESL) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). He earned a Canon Law Degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, in 2002. From August 2002 through December 2022, he served in the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee as an Ecclesiastical Judge/Canonist. He has been a member of the Canon Law Society of America (CLSA) since 2002 and has served on various Committees.

From January 2012 to December 2014, Jesus was a member of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad and Coordinator of the CCIME’s Commission on Legal Affairs, a consultative entity that makes recommendations to the Mexican government regarding the legal, economical, educational, social, and cultural needs of Mexicans living in the United States. In his capacity as Coordinator of the Commission on Legal Affairs, he sponsored a recommendation to open a Mexican Consulate within the Milwaukee area. His recommendation passed before the Mexican government and the local authorities, and the 50th Mexican Consulate was established in the State of Wisconsin in 2016.

Jesus Cabrera has been further honored by serving as Board Member of two outstanding non-profit organizations. He has been a Board Member of “La Casa de Esperanza”, in Waukesha, WI, for ten years. He also was privileged to serve as Board Member in the Southwest Key’s mission for three years. Now, he looks forward to embark on a new life adventure as a Vice President of Corporate Affairs.

As a Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Jesus will report to the Chief Strategic Partnerships Officer to establish the organization’s corporate and public relations strategy, providing guidance on new and innovative growth strategies that lead to new opportunities, increase productive relationships, and grow our national civic engagement and advocacy affiliations network. In this capacity, he will also provide strategic leadership for Southwest Key Programs’ efforts to expand its relationships with existing corporate partners while actively recruiting potential new leads.

Due to his family’s musical background, Jesus enjoys classical music and playing the piano. He is married and has one child.