EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION

 

We like to recognize our featured guest for our January Dicho y Hecho Happy Hour Mixer. To get to know our guest we ask them a few questions. Below are a few things we learned about Roberto Barragan.

Describe yourself using three adjectives. Why did you choose those three?

Persevere: Never take no for answer to the right question or cause
Passionate: Always be passionate about creating change
Loyal: loyalty is a gift to be honored and cherished

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

Helping organizations who are at the forefront of anti-poverty programs with real estate projects and development opportunities that can over time serve hundreds if not thousands of the most needy. We are able to leverage many times the time and capital invested.

What has helped you get to where you are and what advice would you have for others who want to set off in a similar direction?

Identify the systemic problems and issues behind the challenges you face and address them directly. While we can’t avoid addressing the symptoms of distress in our communities, only through systemic changes will we create permanent solutions.

Who inspires you and why?

No big surprise, Cesar Chavez. His sacrifice, vision and hope for our communities continues to inspire me today.

What are some ways people in your industry are making a difference in the world?

Building food incubators to promote food business creation and growth, creating solar panel installation businesses to employ disadvantaged individuals and bring climate adaption strategies to our communities, buying real estate at risk of gentrification and protecting local merchants, providing training and mentorship to youth of color, building and operating shelters that treat the homeless with dignity and purpose.

Follow Roberto Barragan at:

@RobertoBarragan