Associate Director of Marketing and Communications
Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)
(415) 282-3334 ext. 152
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2021
MEDA Joins NeighborWorks America as Affiliate
NeighborWorks America creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities
SAN FRANCISCO — The Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) today publicly announced its acceptance as a charter member of NeighborWorks America, which works through partnerships, public and private, to drive change at the local level for individuals, families and communities. NeighborWorks America President & CEO Marietta Rodriguez from Washington, D.C. bestowed the charter upon MEDA, as an audience of partners, funders, elected officials and community members took part in a virtual celebration.
“We are proud to bring MEDA into the NeighborWorks America network,” said Rodriguez. “Luis Granados and his team have led with innovation and foresight, especially during these unprecedented times, modeling the kind of attentiveness to the needs of the community that NeighborWorks values. We look forward to working together.”
NeighborWorks America champions a mission to “create opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities.” This perfectly aligns with MEDA’s work since the nonprofit’s inception in 1973.
“MEDA is excited and honored to join the NeighborWorks network, especially in this critical time as our Latino and immigrant community in San Francisco looks toward recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,“ said MEDA Chief Executive Officer Luis Granados. “We look forward to learning from our peers in the network, and exploring new and innovative ways to better support the Mission, and all neighborhoods throughout San Francisco. The wealth of knowledge, resources and best practices NeighborWorks America brings will help us continue to grow a strong organization and accelerate the results we seek for our community.”
MEDA emphasizes building capacity and skills for housing-development organizations and CDFIs led by people of color, given that these industries often lack diversity that reflects historically marginalized communities most in need. NeighborWorks America will foster the scaling of MEDA’s capacity to build the next generation of leadership in these sectors.
MEDA’s NeighborWorks America affiliation became official on Feb. 28, 2021.
About Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)
Rooted in San Francisco’s Mission District, MEDA is advancing a national equity movement by building Latino prosperity, community ownership and civic power. We envision generations of Latino families choosing where to call home, thriving economically, succeeding in learning opportunities, and leading policy and social change toward a more equitable society.