MEDA’s Edwin Rodriguez Chosen for NALCAB Pete Garcia Community Economic Development Fellowship

Christopher Gil
Associate Director of Marketing and Communications
Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)
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MEDA’s Edwin Rodriguez Chosen for NALCAB Pete Garcia Community Economic Development Fellowship
Program fosters leadership for Latinos

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 6, 2021 — Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) has announced that Business Development Program Manager Edwin Rodriguez has been chosen as a National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) 2021-22 fellowship. (Fact sheet.) Rodriguez has been at MEDA for 10 years.

“I am grateful to NALCAB for this opportunity to delve into best practices around community development,” said Rodriguez. “This year’s cohort features emerging Latino leaders from across the nation, and I am excited to have the opportunity to learn and grow along with everyone.”

Established in 2010, the NALCAB Pete Garcia Community Economic Development Fellowship is a yearlong leadership training that brings together next-generation Latino leaders from across the country to build the practical, personal and professional skills needed to fill the increasing leadership gap in the community economic development field. The program’s culturally relevant curriculum is designed to help practitioners become more effective leaders through professional development, technical training and peer networks. Fellows come from diverse personal and professional backgrounds and from multiple countries of origin.

Past Fellows’ areas of expertise have included: equitable neighborhood development; community revitalization; policy & advocacy; community organizing; lending; financial counseling and education; and small business development.

The NALCAB Pete Garcia Fellowship has graduated 153 Latino Leaders from across the country, representing 90 unique nonprofit organizations in 24 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In addition to joining a diverse national network of Latino leaders, NALCAB Pete Garcia Fellowship graduates have meaningfully contributed to their organizations and their field, including taking on executive leadership positions.

The fellowship starts October 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.

The National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) is the hub of a national network of more than 130 member organizations that are anchor institutions in geographically and ethnically diverse Latino communities in 40 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. NALCAB supports our member institutions through funding, training, research and advocacy, enabling them to invest in their communities by building affordable housing, ensuring equitable neighborhood development, supporting small business growth, and providing financial counseling on issues including credit building and homeownership. As a grantmaker and US Treasury certified CDFI lender with offices in San Antonio and Washington DC, the NALCAB Network serves hundreds of thousands of low- and moderate-income people, advancing economic equity and inclusivity in the communities we serve.

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