De Anda Santana Appointed LAWD
Executive Director
move Latino Academy toward increased autonomy.

The Latino Academy of Workforce Development, a current program of the Vera Court Neighborhood Center, Inc. nonprofit, has grown its education and training
programs over the years. The Latino Academy’s growth has resulted in hundreds of members of our community gaining job skills and employment opportunities. For
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From the Vera Court Neighborhood Center

Madison, WI - The Vera Court Neighborhood Center, Inc. Board of Directors is excited to announce the
hiring of Baltazar De Anda Santana as the Latino Academy’s Executive Director. Mr. De Anda Santana
was one of the co-founders of the Latino Academy in 2011 and his leadership and vision will be a great
addition to the already successful Latino Academy.

“I am humbled to have been given the opportunity to be back at the Latino Academy,” De Anda Santa
said. “I am eager to partner with students, volunteers, staff, funders, and local organizations to move
the Latino Academy forward. It is time for the Latino Academy to become the largest nonprofit in Dane
County that provides employment, education, and training to our thriving Latinx community. I am thrilled
to continue working with Norma Gallegos, Latino Academy’s Director of Programs and Monica
Coldwell, Latino Academy’s Training Coordinator. Norma and Monica have done an amazing job
strengthening the Latino Academy. I am home.”

The Vera Court Board has created this new leadership position with the goal of evaluating opportunities
for growth that are aligned with the Latino Academy’s strategic plan. Specifically, Latino Academy aims
to gain greater independence from the Vera Court agency resulting in a separate Latino nonprofit entity
in the near future.

During the first year, De Anda Santana will work with the Vera Court board of directors and the Latino
Academy’s steering committee to establish specific benchmarks, responsibilities, and policies to