Barr Fellows

Gladys Vega

Executive Director, La Colaborativa

Gladys Vega joined the La Colaborativa (formerly Chelsea Collaborative) in 1990 and became executive director in 2006. She has worked as an organizer and an advocate to insure that the Latino community has a role in determining the ways its needs and concerns are addressed. She believes that empowerment of the individual leads to empowerment of the community and that social action is the vehicle an empowered community can use to achieve its goals.

Gladys is the architect of most of the La Colaborativa's community coalitions and has played leadership roles in organizing for immigrants’ rights, tenants’ rights, welfare rights, open space and the environment, multicultural and anti-racism programs, and in numerous grassroots campaigns.