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June 12, 2015
MEDA’s Juan Diego Castro Chosen for National Fellowship Program
Colegio Fellowship Aims for Latinos to be Strong Leaders in their Fields
San Francisco, CA—The National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) announced today that Mission Economic Development Agency’s Housing Opportunities Manager Juan Diego Castro has been named a 2015 NALCAB Colegio Community Economic Development fellow. JPMorgan Chase Foundation is this year’s title sponsor for the NALCAB Colegio Fellowship—a nine-month leadership-training program for 16 Latino leaders from around the country.
The Colegio Fellowship provides mid-career Latino practitioners specialized professional development training that prepares them to become strong executive director candidates in the community development field. “It is an honor to join the NALCAB 2015 Colegio fellowship. I am looking forward to learning, sharing and building strong relationships with leaders such as myself who are committed to advancing low- and moderate-income communities,” explains Castro of the honor he has been bestowed. Through this program, NALCAB is addressing a growing crisis in the next-generation leadership among Latino-serving asset-building organizations.
“Many of the executive leaders in community development are trailblazers who founded their organizations or have led them for many years. These nonprofits are crucial conduits for capital and centers for asset-building services in their respective communities–often the only institutions that provide culturally and linguistically relevant services in their area. These organizations play a vital role in preserving neighborhoods, creating jobs, developing affordable housing and growing small businesses in America’s communities,” states Melinda Gonzalez, who manages the NALCAB Colegio Fellowship.
Economic sustainability and potential for growth relies on the ability to develop new leaders who will guide these organizations’ work and eventually, take the helm in a smooth transition. The NALCAB Colegio Fellowship program, which began in 2010, seeks to address this leadership challenge. The program has graduated a total of 52 fellows to date.
Since 1973, MEDA has worked to improve economic and social conditions in the Mission District by stimulating investment, enhancing the business environment, and creating jobs for area residents.
National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and represents and serves a geographically and ethnically diverse group of nonprofit community and economic development organizations that are anchor institutions in our nation’s Latino communities.
About the JPMorgan Chase Foundation: The JPMorgan Chase Foundation is the charitable arm of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.57 trillion and operations worldwide.