About the Ibero-American Action League

Ibero, a dual language multi service agency that uplifts, empowers, and advocates for Latinos and the underserved to achieve equity and become fully valued community members.

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

 

Mission Statement

Ibero, a dual language multi service agency that uplifts, empowers, and advocates for Latinos and the underserved to achieve equity and become fully valued community members.

 

Vision Statement

Ibero will be a recognized and transformative force in achieving equity in New York State’s Latino Community by 2024.

 

Identity Statements

 

We uplift, empower, and advocate for Latinos and their families.

 

We serve the underserved, the vulnerable, and those most at-risk without regard to race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, or age.

 

We are committed to social justice and to addressing systemic disparities in housing, education, health care, entrepreneurship, and employment.

 

We remove systemic barriers by increasing access to an array of services that are person-centered, community-rooted, bi-lingual, and culturally responsive.

 

We will be sustainable by continuing to respond to emerging needs, increasing community partnerships, demonstrating measurable outcomes, and diversifying our revenue streams.

 

Our cultural competency, coupled with our passion, compassion and longstanding commitment to the community has made us a recognized leader. Our future indeed is bright.

 

Values

Advocacy – Equity – Perseverance – Compassion – Empowerment

 

Proposition

Empowering People and Transforming Communities

 

Tagline 

Conduit. Convener. Catalyst.

Más de 50 años y funcionando

Fundada en 1968

La Liga de Acción Iberoamericana, Inc. fue incorporada como una organización sin fines de lucro 501 (c) (3) en 1968, con la ayuda de la Diócesis Católica de Rochester, N.Y.

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.

 

En 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.

 

En 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.

 

En 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.

 

En 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.

 

En 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.

 

En 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.

 

En 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 Geneva. We’ve grown from eight employees to over 300 staff and owns Rochester’s first 24-hour Latin radio station, Poder 97.1 FM.

 

 

Grupo de Liderazgo

Angelica Perez-Delgado

Presidenta y Directora Ejecutiva

En 2018, Angelica (Angie) Perez-Delgado fue nombrada la séptima presidenta y directora ejecutiva en los 50 años de historia de la agencia. Angie había trabajado anteriormente en Villa of Hope, donde se desempeñó como Directora Administrativa/Directora de Cumplimiento. Cuando estuvo allí, sus responsabilidades incluyeron: supervisión ejecutiva de todos los servicios de salud conductual y administración del cumplimiento; calidad; desarrollo organizacional; recursos humanos; tecnologías de la información; operaciones de las instalaciones e iniciativas estratégicas para toda la empresa. Tiene más de 25 años de experiencia en el sector sin fines de lucro y comenzó su carrera como terapeuta de abuso de sustancias antes de pasar a la administración en la última década. Angie se describe a sí misma como una de las "afortunadas" del barrio de North Clinton de la ciudad. A pesar de que experimentó la pobreza, el trauma y abandonó la escuela secundaria, pudo cambiar su vida a través de los servicios que dirige hoy. Su experiencia personal de nuestros sistemas fallidos como madre joven adolescente, preparó a Angie para su regreso a sus raíces y su puesto actual como presidenta y directora ejecutiva de la Liga de Acción Iberoamericana.

Angie tiene una Maestría en Ciencias en Administración de Salud de Roberts Wesleyan College y una Licenciatura en Ciencias en Servicios Comunitarios y Humanos de Empire State College. Ha sido Consejera Acreditada de Alcoholismo y Sustancias desde 2003 y se convirtió en Cinturón Negro Lean Six Sigma certificado en 2014. Es activa en varias organizaciones comunitarias y es miembro de la junta directiva de Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School, Center for Government Research, University of Rochester Medical Center, RochesterWorks! Y algunas organizaciones líderes. Angie es una organizadora comunitaria latina de base muy activa en la parte noreste de la ciudad de Rochester y participa en varios grupos asesores en toda la comunidad. En su tiempo libre, disfruta pasar tiempo de calidad con su familia y amigos, así como montar motocicletas con su club de motociclistas.

 

Amy Sargent

Directora de Finanzas

Amy se desempeña como nuestra Directora de Finanzas, que es la misma función que desempeñó para otras organizaciones locales sin fines de lucro antes de unirse a Ibero. Amy tiene una sólida experiencia como socia estratégica con directores de programas y gerentes de subvenciones. Tiene una capacidad comprobada para optimizar la productividad, controlar los costos y automatizar los sistemas contables.

Antes de trabajar en el área de organizaciones sin fines de lucro, Amy ocupó puestos de liderazgo financiero en las industrias de administración de propiedades, desarrollo inmobiliario y servicios financieros. Comenzó su carrera en contabilidad pública y es Contadora Pública Certificada.

Amy tiene una licenciatura en contabilidad de St. John Fisher College. Es esposa y madre de cuatro hijos adultos. Le gusta pasar tiempo con familiares y amigos, trabajar en proyectos de mejoras para el hogar, viajar y hacer kayak y otras actividades al aire libre.

Miguel Meléndez

Director de Participación Comunitaria

Miguel se desempeña como nuestro nuevo Director de Participación Comunitaria. Es responsable de varios proyectos que proporcionan recursos internos y externos para numerosos esfuerzos de impacto en la comunidad de Rochester.

Miguel tiene una sólida experiencia en Desarrollo Comunitario Basado en Activos (ABCD), organizando varios esfuerzos basándose en las fortalezas de la comunidad. Ha trabajado en el campo del desarrollo comunitario durante más de una década; organizar, aprovechar y promover mejoras en la calidad de vida de los residentes que viven en el noreste de Rochester. Tiene una capacidad probada para abordar los determinantes sociales de la salud y ha trabajado en colaboración para mejorar el entorno construido, la seguridad, el acceso a los alimentos y otros servicios esenciales de apoyo a la salud.

Miguel es un orgulloso nativo del noreste de Rochester y tiene una licenciatura en psicología de St. John Fisher College; con una especialización en filosofía. Es esposo, padre de tres hijos, que disfruta pasar tiempo con su familia y encontrar otras formas de servir a su comunidad a través de varias juntas y oportunidades de liderazgo.

Agustin Rodriguez

Director de Ibero Investors

Agustin serves as our Sr. Director of Ibero-American Investors Corporation. This private lending arm of the Ibero-American Action League works with small businesses primarily owned by women and minorities in upstate New York. Ibero Investors also administers our Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP) in Buffalo and Waverly, N.Y. to partner and train with women and minority owned businesses.

Agustin joins Ibero with a background in banking and entrepreneurship. His background includes graduating fom Roberts Wesleyan College with a double major in business and is graduate of the Latino Leadership Development Program from the United Way of Greater Rochester. He also serves in a leadership role with a few local faith-based inner-city organizations.

Agustin is a proud husband and foster parent of refugee minors with Catholic Family Center. He enjoys the leadership of the Lord in his marriage, parenting, career work and traveling. 

Eugenio Marlin

Executive Vice President, Ibero-American Development Corporation

Eugenio Marlin serves as the Executive Vice President of Ibero-American Development Corporation, an affiliate of the Ibero American Action League, specializing in developing affordable housing and other structures for community use.

Eugenio was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to New York in 1971, and soon after he established himself in Rochester. He has been actively involved in the community ever since and is the longest tenured Ibero leader. Under Mr. Marlin’s guidance, IADC was instrumental in developing El Camino Estates and Pueblo Nuevo housing in northeast Rochester which consists of over 154 units of affordable housing. Additionally, IADC has led the charge with the El Camino vision plan and the implementation of programs aimed at empowering residents to become active participants in elevating the quality of life in their neighborhoods.

Prior to his role at IADC, he was vice president of Development and Communications at Ibero, where together with Julio Vazquez was instrumental in the conception and later development of the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School, the first and very successful charter in Rochester. Through the years, Eugenio has served on various boards to include EMHCS, WXXI, Ibero, Puerto Rican Festival and Hispanic Lions Club among others. Eugenio was also named the 2017 Rochester Hispanic Business Person of the Year by the Rochester Hispanic Business Association and the 2021 Excellence in Construction – Individual Developer recognition.

Junta Directiva

Jose Rosario

Presidente de la Junta

Diana Hernandez

Vicepresidente de la Junta

Diane Cecero

Tesorero de la Junta

Carlos Cong

Secretaria de la Junta

Celeste Amaral

Miembro de la Junta

Juan George

Miembro de la Junta

Aracelis Ayala

Miembro de la Junta

Denishea Ortiz

Miembro de la Junta

Arthur Hirst

Miembro de la Junta

Dr Laura Gonzalez-Murphy

Miembro de la Junta

Arline Santiago

Miembro de la Junta

Joseph Searles

Miembro de la Junta

James Sutton

Miembro de la Junta

Emeterio Otero

Miembro de la Junta

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