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Mission Economic Development Agency
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2017
MEDA Executive Director Luis Granados Joins Board of UnidosUS
Organization is at forefront of advocating for Latino communities nationwide
San Francisco, Calif. — MEDA Executive Director Luis Granados has joined the Board of Directors of UnidosUS, a renowned organization formerly known as National Council of La Raza. UnidosUS has an all-important task ahead, as an average of 900,000 Latino youth turn 18 every year; within 20 years, one in three American youth will be Latino.
UnidosUS’s Board is a 25-member body comprising elected officials and representatives of community-based organizations, the corporate sector and academia. Board members reflect the diversity of Latino nationality groups and the geographic distribution of the U.S. Hispanic population. The Board has a mandate that there must be equal representation by gender.
Since 1968 the organization has worked to build a stronger America by creating opportunities for Latinos. UnidosUS’s partners with affiliates across the land to focuses on seven core issues: civil rights and criminal justice; economy; education; health; immigration; voting; and youth. This translates to millions of Latinos being served.
“It is a distinct honor to join the Board of UnidosUS,” explains Granados. “I have respected this organization’s vital work in the Latino community, and their mission and vision align with that of MEDA. I look forward to in-depth conversations about the issues facing our community nationwide, plus strategy sessions to create innovative solutions to better lives of Latinos in San Francisco’s Mission and nationwide.”
Joining Granados are four other new Board members: Mayra Aguirre, Vice President and Secretary, Hall Family Foundation in Kansas City, Mo.; Roy Cosme, President, Arcos Communications in New York City; Fernando S. Godínez, President and CEO, Mexican American Unity Council, Inc. (MAUC) in San Antonio; and Maria Gabriela Pacheco, Program Director, TheDream.US in Washington, DC.
“We are fortunate to welcome Luis Granados to our Board of Directors,” said UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía. “As Latinos grow in numbers and influence, UnidosUS wants to work even more closely with community leaders such as Luis to fulfill our mission of a stronger America. We’ll benefit from the insight and experience he’s gained from tackling affordable housing, lending and workforce issues, and from his passion for helping hard-working Latino families who aspire to the American Dream overcome barriers posed by housing and financial disparities.”
About Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)
Rooted in the Mission and focused on San Francisco, MEDA’s mission is to strengthen low- and moderate-income Latino families by promoting economic equity and social justice through asset building and community development. medasf.org
UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers at the national and local levels. For almost 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. unidosus.com