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In the news: Maria Vasallo

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In the news: Maria Vasallo
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Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA), a community development corporation based in Boston’s South End, announced that Maria Vasallo has been elected president of IBA’s board of directors. She has served as a member of the organization’s board for just over three years.

“We are incredibly honored to have Maria as the president of our board of directors and foresee a fruitful partnership as we look to the future of our organization,” said Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, CEO of IBA.

Vasallo brings with her a life’s dedication to serving Massachusetts’ Latinx community. She first started her career with a position at her family’s business, Caribe Communications, which publishes El Mundo Boston — the oldest and most widely recognized Hispanic newspaper in the region. During her time at Caribe, Vasallo served as a liaison for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ anti-smoking marketing initiative aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of minority communities.

Currently, Vasallo serves as the director of marketing & digital strategy at Cambridge College, a private, non-profit institution for an alternative, working-adult market.

“After serving as a member of the board of directors for IBA, I am extremely honored and humbled to be elected as board president,” Vasallo said. “To work with such an amazing organization that fights for justice and equal opportunity for its residents, its community and the Latino population of Boston is a privilege and a responsibility I hold dear.”

A life-long resident of Greater Boston, Vasallo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from Emerson College. As president, Vasallo will help lead IBA’s capital campaign and new strategic planning process.

Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción is a leading community development corporation and dynamic community builder that empowers and engages individuals and families to improve their lives through high-quality affordable housing, education, and arts programs. For more than five decades, IBA has built an affordable, safe, healthy and supportive environment for diverse residents, while developing leaders. IBA has evolved into a driving force in the South End and across the city as a leading non-profit owner and developer of affordable housing.

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