Jeffrey Tapia to assume leadership role of the Latin American Association

By Maria Saporta

The Latin American Association has eliminated its CEO position and has streamlined its organizational structure, according to an announcement Oct. 19.

The restructuring includes making Jeffrey Tapia, the association’s chief operating officer, will become responsible for leading the organization. Tapia has been working for LAA for several years and has worked with other Latino organizations for more than 30 years.

“We are appreciative of the leadership that former CEO Millie Irizarry has provided the LAA during these last three years,” said Carmelo Alvarez, chair of the nonprofit organization and an agency field executive for State Farm. “With the economic challenges facing nonprofits, including the LAA, the board of directors has formed a committee to assist Tapia and the leadership team in addressing these challenges, while actively continuing to serve our community.”

Tapia said the LAA will be able to continue to provide services to the Latin community through the new structure.

“We have talented employees who are dedicated to providing the best possible services to the Latino community,” Tapia said. “It is through their efforts that we are able to assist 52,000 individuals and their families each year.”

The Latin American Association is the largest, most comprehensive nonprofit provider of services to the Latin community in Atlanta. It’s mission is to help Latino families achieve their aspirations for academic, social and economic advancement.

The organization helps Latinos integrate into the community through a variety of programs and community partnerships that focus on youth academic achievement, services for families with urgent needs, employment and educational programs, victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and immigration legal services.

“I look forward to expanding LAA’s relationships with the community at-large,” Tapia said. “Without the support of individuals, corporations and foundations, we would not be able to serve this fast-growing population in the manner that we do.”

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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