Cecilia Denogeán Esquer, lawyer and educator, was born in the copper-mining community of Superior, Arizona in 1942.

She attended schools in Superior, and in Phoenix. She obtained her education at Arizona State University, and has obtained a BA in Business Education an MA in Spanish and a Juris Doctorate degree.

Esquer taught Spanish at McClintock High School in Tempe. At ASU, she taught Spanish classes, and Business Law classes. She held a position as an instructor and chairperson of the Justice and Legal Studies Dept. at Phoenix College.

An advocate for civil rights, Cecilia was appointed to the Board of Directors of Legal Services Corporation in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter. She served in various capacities within the Democratic Party.

Within the local Phoenix area, Cecilia served on various boards, including the Community Legal Services and Valle del Sol, Inc served as Commissioner of the Arizona Structural Pest Control Commission, as appointed by Governor Rose Mofford and, as Commissioner on the Tempe Municipal Arts Commission, as appointed by Tempe Mayor Harry Mitchell.

Esquer passed away in December 2010, two months after the release of her book, The Lie About My Inferiority, Evolution of a Chicana Activist.