Ed Ceja, USNA Class of 1981

Topic:   The do's and dont's of service academy life, and ensuing career opportunities

Ed was born in South Central Los Angeles and raised in East LA and Montebello. As one of 5 children, his parents always stressed the importance of getting a college education. He was always interested in the Navy so he applied to and was accepted to the Naval Academy. Ed is the first generation in his family to attend and graduate from the college.

While at the Naval Academy, he was a member of the 18th company and participated in various activities including intramural football and basketball. His favorite subjects were anything that helped him understand how to become a leader. Initially he struggled academically but with hard work and determination he was able to graduate in the middle of his class. Over time he developed an interest in engineering so he decided to major in Mechanical Engineering. As a Youngster, his company was awarded Color Company. He was then selected to carry the colors during all official functions during his 2nd Class Year.

Upon graduation he chose surface warfare as his service selection. His initial sea tour was aboard the USS Mobile (LKA-115). As a division officer and then a department head he served in both the deck and engineering departments. As part of a Marine Amphibious Group, he deployed twice to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf where he achieved his qualification a Surface Warfare Officer.

His second sea tour was aboard the USS Missouri (BB-63) which he joined at Long Beach Naval Shipyard during its re-modernization. As a member of the Weapons Department he supported the complete overhaul and upgrade of all weapons systems. He deployed three times including a circumnavigation of the world in 1986. Ed qualified as an Officer of the Deck, CIC and CEC Watch Officer.

Upon leaving the Navy, he worked in leadership positions for several large corporations including PepsiCo. In 2009, he joined The Princeton Review as Executive Director. Now as Area Vice President he leads a team across the Western U.S. that works directly with school districts, libraries, community based organizations and foundations developing and implementing programs that increase levels of college readiness in our underrepresented communities.

Ed still resides in Montebello with his wife Lorena and children Sebastian and Isabella. Sebastian is currently a sophomore at La Serna High School in Whittier and Isabella is an 8th grader at Reginald Benton Middle School. He volunteers his time as a Blue and Gold Officer, helping candidates better understand what the Naval Academy is. Also one of Ed’s brothers is a graduate of the US Military Academy.

This is our 14th annual Salute program,as we again  host the appointees of Congresspersons Judy Chu and Adam Shiff.

Location:   San Marino Community Church, Fellowship Hall
1750 Virginia Road
San Marino, CA