MEDA’s Lucy Arellano Baglieri Promoted to Chief Strategy Officer

Christopher Gil
Associate Director of Marketing and Communications
Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)
(415) 282-3334 ext. 152

Aug. 20, 2019

MEDA’s Lucy Arellano Baglieri Promoted to Chief Strategy Officer
Taking the helm to formalize MEDA’s national presence and further scale Latino wealth, place and power-building

San FranciscoThe Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) has announced that Director of Asset Building Programs Lucy Arellano Baglieri has been promoted to Chief Strategy Officer (CSO). Arellano Baglieri was in her former position for four years.

As the new CSO, she will be tasked with spearheading MEDA’s regional and national leadership, and sharing of its training and technical assistance models; this currently includes integrated financial capability and the innovative Small Sites affordable real estate programs. MEDA is already sharing these models with 30 organizations locally, in California and nationwide, with Arellano Baglieri the driver of that work. Now with dedicated capacity, MEDA intends to produce other offerings in the near future. To further scale this initiative, MEDA deemed it imperative to create an executive-level position to have a dedicated ambassador for this vital work. 

States MEDA Chief Executive Officer Luis Granados of this staff change, “Lucy Arellano Baglieri’s background in program management, marketing and budget administration made her a natural choice to take on the challenges of this position. We are excited to have Lucy drive and lead the vision for the continued growth, enhancement, alignment and investment of MEDA’s ‘Sharing the Model’ coalition and influence initiatives. Her vision is already in place.”

Explains Arellano Baglieri, “My vision for MEDA’s ‘Strategic Initiatives’ is to build equity through Latino wealth, place and power, not just in San Francisco’s Mission District, but across the nation. This work has never been more important than now in the face of even more systemic barriers being put in place to keep our community from building generational wealth.  I know of the resilience of our immigrant communities firsthand and remain eternally committed.”

Arellano Baglieri’s own immigrant experience, coming to the United States from Mexico as a 1-year-old, offers the empathy and passion needed for this work. Her own family has been able to create greater opportunity for each generation. Her parents created assets of a business and home, while Arellano Baglieri and her six siblings have all obtained college degrees and been afforded career pathways. Today, a third generation of the family is poised to reach all the higher.

“I know that my family’s experience is not unique, and I look to create opportunity for other immigrants, women, people of color and any other community marginalized by systemic oppression. That is my goal. I am excited to partner across intersectional coalitions in this new way. I am ready to accept the challenge of being MEDA’s CSO,” says Arellano Baglieri.

Arellano Baglieri assumes her new role on Sept. 1, 2019.


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.


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