Speeches Archives

COO Jillian Spindle’s Acceptance Speech for “Community Impact Award” at VIVA MEDA! 46

At ¡VIVA MEDA! 46 on Oct. 3, COO Jillian Spindle was honored with a “Community Impact Award” for her decade of work at MEDA. Following is MEDA CEO Luis Granados’ introduction to the award, plus Jillian Spindle’s acceptance speech. Luis Granados It is my great, great pleasure to present the next award to my colleague,…

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“A Reawakening of a Latino Civil Rights Movement”: CEO Luis Granados’ Welcome Speech at ¡VIVA MEDA! 46

Good evening! Welcome to ¡VIVA MEDA! This is going to be a great night. We will recognize outstanding work in our community. Plus, we will hear from former U.S. Representative Luis Gutiérrez and civil rights icon Dolores Huerta  —  on a re-awakening of a Latino civil rights movement.    This is also my opportunity to offer…

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Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng’s Speech at HUD’s Asian American Pacific Islander Month Celebration

Unite Our Mission By Engaging Each Other: Inclusion, Leadership, Persistence, Relationships, Effort & Dedication As we reflect as a community today on our Asian American Pacific Islander community’s place and future in the Bay Area, in California and across the land, let’s first remember to applaud our diversity — and our longtime contributions to this…

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MEDA Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng’s Speech at Casa Adelante – 1990 Folsom Groundbreaking

Rejuvenation. Rebirth. Re-rooting. Look around you. When MEDA took our first look at this land in 2016, we knew we wanted to keep this for affordable housing. We could only begin to imagine at the start of this journey what we would make happen on this site. Flash forward three years and we today break…

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MEDA Speech at Casa Adelante – 2060 Folsom Groundbreaking

Luis Granados speech Welcome. My name is Luis Granados and I am the Chief Executive Officer of the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA). It is an honor to be standing here today. The adjacent park and this parking lot were long-fought-for as community benefits. It is great to see that In Chan Kaajal Park has…

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CEO Luis Granados’ Speech at 462 Duboce “Redefining Public Housing” Celebration

Welcome. My name is Luis Granados, and I am the CEO of the Mission Economic Development Agency. December is a month of traditions and reflections. As we take this moment to rededicate 462 Duboce as quality, stable housing for our residents and neighbors, I would like reflect on how MEDA began this journey. It was…

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CEO Luis Granados’ Welcoming Remarks at ¡VIVA MEDA! 45 Gala

45 years. Four-and-a-half decades. Almost half a century. No matter how you say it, I stand here tonight humbled by the legacy MEDA has built since 1973. And we could never have reached this point without each and every one of you. ¡VIVA MEDA! is truly a celebration of all of our collective work. Welcome!…

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Executive Director Luis Granados’ Speech at ¡VIVA MEDA! 44th Anniversary Celebration

Normally, at this celebration, I would share with you the great work that MEDA does.  However, it does not seem quite right to use this time with you to list our accomplishments, and ignore the larger context that is being experienced by our Latino immigrant community nationally. Over the last year, people in power in…

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