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We are delighted to announce that the board of directors for the “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Boulder County has hired Perla Delgado, PhD, as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer! We conducted an extensive nationwide search, and are so pleased that a person with Perla’s breadth and depth of experience will be joining us to lead IHDF.
Perla comes to us with decades of leadership experience advocating for education equity and social justice. A Boulder native, she began working in the local community in high school and then later was employed by the Longmont Multicultural Action Committee and Community Action Programs in Boulder. Perla will be joining the IHDF team by way of St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, where she served as the Director of the College Assistance Migrant Program.
Perla’s comprehensive education, relentless advocacy work and experience partnering with school districts, family resource networks, community organizations, and colleges make her the perfect candidate to lead the “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Boulder County! This is a pivotal moment for our organization and we are thrilled to have found the right person at the right time to lead us into the next chapter.
"As a Latinx immigrant woman of color growing up in Boulder County, I experienced first-hand the struggles many students
have faced as first-generation college-bound students. I know the value we bring to our schools and the contributions our families make to this community. Serving as the next CEO of the "I Have A Dream” Foundation will provide me the opportunity to walk alongside the many families and students we serve across Boulder County and the St. Vrain Valley and continue building a path to academic success, college, and career readiness.
I feel grateful to return to the community that helped raise me, and to continue making a difference in the lives of these students and their families.”
As we all know, Perla succeeds Lori Canova as CEO and President, who retired in January after 23 years. The organization partners with more than 1,100 low-income youth and 4,000 family members in Boulder County in a long-term program aimed at closing the opportunity gap.
Please join us in welcoming Perla back to her hometown and to Team Dream! You will have an opportunity to meet her soon and she is excited to meet the entire IHDF community.
Co-Chairs, IHDF Board of Directors