Juan Vega Steps Down at Centro Latino

Juan Vega, the long-time director and face of Centro Latino on Broadway, announced this week that he will be stepping down from his position as of June 30.

“I write to let you know that, after proudly serving in this role for the past 17 years, I am stepping down as president and CEO of Centro Latino effective on June 30,” read a letter sent out to supporters and friends this week. “The time has come for me to pursue other professional opportunities and for Centro to bring in new leadership to facilitate its continued growth and future development. I feel very privileged to have been able to work with a great Board, staff and team and community partners. Together, we have helped to improve the educational and social well-being outcomes for thousands of families. Centro Latino is well positioned to continue meeting the health and education needs of the region’s growing Latino and immigrant populations.”

Vega was not immediately available when contacted by the Record.

The letter went on to explain that the Board is dedicated and will continue to be a high-quality community service provider.

He indicated that plans have been in the works for the last couple of months to ensure a smooth transition, and that the Board would name an interim management team.

Third Sector New England has been engaged to conduct a search for a new, permanent director of Centro.

“I want to express my sincerest gratitude to the people of Chelsea and communities such as Cambridge, Revere, Somerville and Everett for supporting Centro Latino and being dedicated to helping all families succeed,” he wrote.

Vega is a member of the Chelsea Housing Authority Board of Commissioners and he recently served on the City Manager Search Selection Committee.

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