New Leadership at YP4

Posted January 29, 2016 by Laura Williamson

Friends,

I’m excited to share that YP4 has just named a new Director.

At the start of this process, we asked you what you wanted to see from YP4 over the next decade and what qualities would be key in our next leader. You told us you wanted YP4 to grow and adapt with the evolving youth progressive movement, maintaining and expanding our role as a critical developer and supporter of diverse movements for social justice. You told us you were looking for someone motivated to leadership by a powerful personal story whose strong, clear vision for justice could lead YP4 confidently into the next ten years.

It is my great pleasure to introduce you to Catalina Velasquez, a leader who comes to us with rich experience working on social justice from an intersectional and global platform, having worked for immigrants’ rights with United We Dream and the D.C. Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs; for reproductive rights and justice with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health; for LGBTQ liberation with UWD’s Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project, GetEqual, D.C.’s Casa Ruby, and the Trans Women of Color Collective; for racial and economic justice through her work with the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement and the AFL-CIO; and for foreign affairs with the Universal Peace Federation and the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace. She brings a strong vision for the many ways YP4 can build upon all our success over the last decade to become an even bolder, stronger resource for the youth progressive movement.

You can read more about Catalina here and reach her starting February 1st at cvelasquez@pfaw.org. Over the next several months, Catalina will be listening, learning, and collaborating with the YP4 team and network to chart out a course for the next several years. I hope you’ll reach out to welcome her and offer your support and guidance. You can expect to hear from her, too, as she settles into her role and shares her vision for our collective work.

We are grateful to the many fellows, alumni, partners, and supporters who engaged with us throughout this process – thank you for helping us find the person who will lead YP4 confidently forward. In particular, I’d like to thank members of the YP4 alumni board who helped lead the search and hire process, as well as the YP4 staff, led by interim director Laura Williamson, who planned and hosted a very successful National Summit and who continue to support our 2015-2016 YP4 and FLLA Fellows in their social change and leadership goals.

I hope you’ll join me in taking a moment to pause and celebrate this exciting moment—and in offering Catalina a warm welcome to the YP4 family—before we roll up our sleeves to get back to work!

All my best,

Andrew Gillum