About the Ibero-American Action League

Ibero, a dual-language human services agency, ignites the potential of inidividuals and families in New York State's Latino Community.

Ibero offers several programs categorized in our various divisions and owns and operates Poder 97.1 FM. 

Over 50 Years and running

Established in 1968

The Ibero-American Action League, Inc. was incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization in 1968, with the help of the Catholic Diocese of Rochester.

The Catholic Church donated the building where the Spanish Apostolate was housed at Holy Redeemer Church to Ibero. This first office was located at 938 Clifford Avenue in the heart of the city, where day–to-day operations and services were handled by a staff of eight.  Its purpose was to provide resources to the growing Hispanic community in the area.  Many of these families left Puerto Rico to work on farms in the Rochester area and as new arrivals, needed many services. 

 

The Ibero-American Action League, Inc. quickly established deep roots in the Rochester community.  Many of the programs were geared towards helping those in need, especially Hispanics, so they could gain the necessary skills to raise their socioeconomic status and self-sufficiency.  The Bilingual Secretarial Training Program and the Skilled Trades Programs were two examples of the agency’s many initiatives during that time.

 

In 1969, Ibero helped launch the Rochester Puerto Rican Festival, parade and pageant: a weeklong celebration of Puerto Rican culture and music. The Puerto Rican Festival is still an independent volunteer committee and the festival is the longest running festival in the Rochester region.

 

In 1971, the Ibero-American Action League established the Puerto Rican Arts and

Cultural Center at 954 Clifford Avenue, on the corner of Clinton avenue and Clifford. Ibero also established the Biblioteca Manuel Alonso, a library stocked with Spanish-language books for the community.

 

In 1974 Ibero launched the Ibero-American Credit Union to offer financial services to the underserved communities of the Northeast Rochester. The Credit Union offered neighborhood banking and loans with bilingual staff.

 

In 1975, Ibero completed the construction of Los Flamboyanes. The 153-unit project included the iconic high rise building on North Clinton Avenue surrounded by town houses for families. At the time it was the largest affordable housing project in the country built by a Latino organization.

 

In 1981, the  Ibero Puerto Rican Arts and Cultural Center launched the Borinquen Dance Theater to preserve and promote traditional Latin dance and music.

 

The Ibero-American Development Corporation was established in 1986 as an affiliate of the Ibero-American Action League, Inc. (IBERO) under the name Pueblo Home Development Corporation. In 1995, the name of the Corporation was changed to Ibero-American Development Corporation

 

In 1998, Julio Vázquez, the President and CEO of Ibero American Action League, saw the Charter School Legislation as an opportunity to improve the educational alternatives for city students. Ibero sponsored the development of the Eugenio María de Hostos Charter School. In March of 2000, SUNY approved the application and a charter was issued authorizing the establishment of the Eugenio María de Hostos Charter School. The school welcomed its first group of 120 Kindergarten through second-grade students in September 2000. During its first charter, the school grew to include grades K – 6. The middle school grades were added in September 2010. During its third renewal, the school was authorized to expand from 2 sections to 4 sections per grade level and to add the high school grades. EMHCS now offer bilingual education from kindergarten to the 12th grade.

 

In 2015, Ibero launched the first 24-hour Latin radio station in the state, outside of New York City. Poder 97.1 FM WEPL first broadcast was on November 30th, 2015 and after a social media contest,  “Vivir la Vida” by Marc Anthony was chosen to be the first song ever broadcast on the air.

 

Today Ibero has evolved into an agency that serves individuals and families of all ethnic backgrounds, and our unique ability to target the Latino community remains unprecedented in this region. We have offices in Rochester, Buffalo, Albany, Amsterdam and in the Southern Tier in Waverly. We’ve grown from eight employees to over 300 staff and owns Rochester’s first 24-hour Latin radio station, Poder 97.1 FM.

 

Leadership Team

Angelica Perez-Delgado

President & CEO

In 2018, Angelica Perez-Delgado was named the seventh President and CEO in the 50-year history of the agency. Angelica had previously worked at the Villa of Hope, where she served as Chief Administrative Officer/Chief Compliance Officer. While there her responsibilities included: development; leadership and administration of compliance; quality; organizational development; human resources; information technology; facility operations and strategic initiatives. She was key in growing the Villa of Hope to a $26 million operating budget with 450 employees.

Angelica has her M.S. in Health Administration from Roberts Wesleyan College and her B.S. in Community and Human Services from Empire State College. She is active with several community organizations including the CFC/Hillside Behavioral Health Collaborative and the board of the Father Laurence Tracy Advocacy Center. Angela has also been very active as a community organizer in the Northeast part of the city of Rochester. In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends as well as riding motorcycles.

Erika Inez Green

Chief Program Officer

Erika recently began serving as our Chief Program Officer, a new position formerly known as chief operating officer. She is responsible for several executive and operational oversights for our programs and services in the Rochester region. Erika has a strong background in human services delivery, organizational development, program operations and regulatory compliance. She previously served as the vice president of workforce development at Prime Care Coordination.

Erika has a master of science in strategic leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College, as well as a bachelor of science in

psychology and political science from St. John Fisher College. She is also an adjunct professor at Monroe Community College.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, coaching and supporting cheerleaders, as well as volunteering at her church.

Amy Sargent

Chief Financial Officer

Amy serves as our Chief Financial Officer, which is the same role she’s served for other local nonprofit organizations prior to joining Ibero. Amy has a strong background as a strategic partner with program directors and grant managers. She has a proven ability to optimize productivity, control costs and automate accounting systems.

Prior to working in the nonprofit organization area, Amy held finance leadership positions in property management, real estate development and financial services industries. She career began in public accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Amy has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from St. John Fisher College. She is a wife and mother of four adult children. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, working on home improvement projects, traveling and kayaking and other outdoor activities.

Michael Wyatt

Chief Compliance Officer

Michael serves as our Chief Compliance Officer. He and his team play an essential role for Ibero to comply with federal state and local laws, statutes and regulations. Prior to joining Ibero in January 2014, Michael gave 34 years of public service for the State of New York, conducting his work to serving the poor and less fortunate. His also worked as a Developmental Disabilities Assistant III for the Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Service Office (FLDDSO).

Michael is a graduate of Monroe Community College, having an associate’s degree in public administration and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Keuka College. He enjoys spending time with his wife and grandchildren, golfing, traveling, barbecuing and serving as a deacon at The Greater Harvest Church.

Julio Sáenz

Chief Communications and Development Officer

Julio serves as our Chief Communications and Development Officer. He is also an adjunct professor for the Rochester Institute of Technology School of Communication.

His past work includes working in television and radio. He also an editor and publisher of numerous Spanish language newspapers in Rochester, Atlanta and Los Angeles. He also worked as a consultant for the National Hispanic Marketing Campaigns for Dixon Schwabl, Frontier and other Companies.

Julio is the author of Images of America: Rochester’s Latino Community, a bilingual history publication. He has appeared on many television shows and conferences as an expert on the Latino Community. He has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Mass Communications from Florida International University and a Master of Science in Marketing from Roberts Wesleyan College. In his spare time, Julio spends his spare time playing guitar and trying new cooking recipes from a variety of cultures.

Christine Whitfield

Chief Human Resources Officer

Christine serves as our Director of Human Resources. She and her team carry out employee-related functions in compliance with applicable legal requirements. These include payroll and fringe benefits, staff recruitment, training and development, records management, employee orientations and exit interviews.

Christine joined Ibero having a background in training and development, employee relations and staff recruitment. She graduated from St. John Fisher College with a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Development. She is currently a member of Genesee Valley Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Development.

Christine is a proud wife and mother of Puerto Rican and Dominican heritage. She enjoys traveling, dancing, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Julio Vázquez

Senior Director of Ibero Investors

Julio serves as our Senior Director of Ibero Investors. He has a long history with the organization, holding various positions since 1971. From 1993 to 2006, Julio served as Ibero’s president and CEO.

He previously served on the board of the Rochester Economic Development Corporation (REDCO) for over 18 years and the owner of Super Duper supermarket in the city of Rochester while working briefly as a Spanish teacher between 1987 and 1990.

Julio was the co-founder of Eugenio María de Hostos Charter School in 2000; He has been a volunteer CEO and chairman of the school’s board of trustees since then. Julio has a Bachelor of Science degree in social services administration from SUNY Empire State College and master’s degree from SUNY College at Brockport. He is also the author of Journey of a Puerto Rican Jíbaro, a memoir.

Miguel Meléndez

Chief Community Engagement Officer

Miguel serves as our new Chief Community Engagement Officer. He is responsible for several several projects that provide internal and external resources to numerous impact efforts in the Rochester community.

Miguel has a strong background in Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD), organizing various efforts by building on community strengths. He has worked in the Community Development field for over a decade; organizing, leveraging, and advocating for quality of life improvements for residents living in Northeast Rochester. He has a proven ability to address the social determinants of health and has worked collaboratively to improve the built environment, safety, access to food and other essential health supporting amenities.

Miguel is a proud Northeast Rochester native having a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. John Fisher College; with a minor in philosophy. He is a husband, father of three, who enjoys spending time with his family and finding other ways to serve his community through various boards and leadership opportunities.

Board of Directors

James Sutton

Board Chair

Emeterio Otero

Vice Chair

Jose Rosario

Board Treasurer

Diana Hernandez

Board Secretary

Celeste Amaral

Board Member

Diane Cecero

Board Member

Carlos Cong

Board Member

Karen Ferrer-Muniz

Board Member

Arthur Hirst

Board Member

Roberto Ochoa

Board Member

Arline Santiago

Board Member

Joseph Searles

Board Member

Nickolas Zabawski

Board Member

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