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December 15, 2020

Dear colleagues,

As I reflect on 2020, the most difficult year that I can remember, I can truly express amazement and inspiration over the resiliency of our community and organization. We continue to live through a global pandemic, a politically divided country, civil unrest over social justice issues and struggling families and businesses due to a severely struggling economy.

The challenges of this year have shown the resolve, creativity and unity of our people across the state. LatinoLEAD has partnered with other Latinx organizations on issues such as public health, finances both personal and businesses, education and immigration to name a few. Our network will continue to lead and partner with other organizations committed to improving the quality of life for our people.

Thanks to our network, board members and action team committees, LatinoLEAD has grown as an organization in 2020. As we communicated earlier this month, LatinoLEAD has officially obtained 501c3 status.

Our organization was recently recognized by Gov. Tim Walz for our year-long efforts to communicate, engage and mobilize our network about COVID-19 as well as the murder of George Floyd murder.

As we continue to move forward with our strategic planning, a special thank you goes to the board and committee members for leading this work. Because of all of us, LatinoLEAD has been able to increase our outreach during the most challenging year in our memory.

We have lots to be proud of and grateful for. Let’s make 2021 our best year yet!

In community,

Irma Márquez Trapero


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