- IBA – Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción
Vanessa CalderónRosado is chief executive officer of IBA—Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, a communitybuilding organization founded in 1968 whose mission is to empower individuals through education, workforce development, and arts programs, and to create affordable housing communities. Under her leadership, IBA has expanded its partnership with Bunker Hill Community College that created a satellite campus in Villa Victoria, IBA’s affordable housing community; grown its youth development programs; increased arts programs to anchor it as New England’s premier Latino arts hub; and merged with its realestate development affiliate to develop more affordable housing.
Vanessa has vast experience in higher education, teaching, and policy research in areas affecting Latinos and other populations of color. In 2010 she became the first Latina in the Commonwealth’s history appointed to the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. She is a founding Board member of the Margarita Muñiz Academy, the first duallanguage innovation high school in Massachusetts.