Treat families in need as you would like to be treated – Hinesville, Georgia


In the weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, hundreds of families moved temporarily to the mainland trying to find refuge, health care, education, and jobs. While over 150,000 Puerto Ricans moved to Florida and several thousand more to New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and other states that have traditionally been part of a story of circular … Continue reading Treat families in need as you would like to be treated – Hinesville, Georgia

A Leader is one who Loves, GALEO Latino Leaders Summit


On September 30, 2017, GALEO.org (through the GALEO Community Leadership Fund) hosted the 1st Latino Leaders Summit in partnership with OLAS (Organization of Latin American Students) at the Georgia Gwinnett College. The event aimed to develop and hone leadership skills and to educate, empower, and inspire Latino upcoming leaders from across the state, included workshops, networking … Continue reading A Leader is one who Loves, GALEO Latino Leaders Summit

The Many Facets of Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO Executive Director, Avid Biciclyst, Community Advocate and Grand Marshal


(This post is based on an article published by Project Q highlighting the 2017 Pride Parade Marshalls in Atlanta.  You can read the entire original article here) If you have lived in Atlanta for a few years and happen to care about politics and voting rights, you have probably heard about Jerry Gonzalez.  If you … Continue reading The Many Facets of Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO Executive Director, Avid Biciclyst, Community Advocate and Grand Marshal

Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square, Latino Owned & Managed, Has One Goal: To Create Theatre That is Inclusive of All


You wouldn’t exactly expect to find a historic theatre nestled in the heart of Marietta Square to be producing the longest running off-Broadway Latin play, would you? Well, that perception is exactly what the team at Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square is working to change.  Artistic director Emil Thomas is a southern gentleman with … Continue reading Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square, Latino Owned & Managed, Has One Goal: To Create Theatre That is Inclusive of All

Trial by Fire, a Latina Leading The Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation


I never thought it would easy but I always thought it would be worth it.

My entire life, I have dedicated myself to servant leadership. I dedicated my life to nonprofits way before I even realized the magnitude of the work I was doing. The work of nonprofits is all about the mission regardless of the trials and tribulations. In my line of work, I get told “no” 90% of the time but when it’s a “yes”, it feels like the whole world is smiling at you.

Through my years of working in nonprofits, I have learned that persistence and consistency is the key. Since my undergraduate studies at Georgia State University, I have had one thing on my mind. My one true desire has been to make a difference in the lives of others. My personal motto is similar to someone competing in the Miss Universe Pageant, I just want world peace. My academic and professional aspirations have led me to amazing organizations such as the Georgia Coalition for Domestic Violence, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, LaAmistad and now the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation where I serve as its founding Executive Director. I also have balanced work and family with volunteering outside of work and I have served on leadership roles with several organizations, including but not limited to, the Junior League of Atlanta, Atlanta Metropolitan State College as well as the Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL). Volunteering to me is important work, it is simply not compensated monetarily, however many of the tools and skill sets I have acquired during the years, I would not have learned through my normal day-to-day workplace, I owe them to volunteerism.