Thank you all for participating in the Mass Cultural Council Institute – Unleashing the Power of Culture - on March 17th. Five hundred of you came from cities and towns across the state to meet your colleagues, learn from others and understand your importance as an economic driver in your communities. What incredible energy you brought with you and we here at the Mass Cultural Council are so inspired by the work that you are doing day in and day out to weave the Power of Culture into the fabric of your communities. Thank You!


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Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, Ph.D.

Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción
Chief Executive Officer

Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, Ph.D., is the CEO of IBA-Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, a community development corporation dedicated to empowering and engaging individuals and families to improve their lives through high-quality affordable housing, education, and arts programs.  Through her leadership, IBA has become the largest Latino-led nonprofit organization in Greater Boston.

In 2009, Dr. Calderón-Rosado was selected for the prestigious Barr Foundation Fellowship.  In 2010, she became the first Latina ever to be appointed to the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.  In November 2013, Mayor Martin Walsh appointed Dr. Calderón-Rosado to co-lead his housing transition team.  She has served as advisor to numerous other task forces, boards, commissions and high-profile searches, including Boston’s Police Department and Public Health Commission.  In 2017, she was selected to the Community Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank, which offers diverse perspectives on the economic circumstances and financial services needs of consumers and communities, with a particular focus on the concerns of low- and moderate-income populations. Among other civic engagements, she is a Founding Board member of the Margarita Muñiz Academy, the first dual-language innovation high school in Massachusetts; and the Co-Founder of the Greater Boston Latino Network.

Dr. Calderón-Rosado is a Puerto Rican-born civic leader who received her doctorate in public policy from the UMASS Boston; and a Honoris Causa Doctorate from Cambridge College.