Barr Fellows

Vanessa Calderón-Rosado

Chief Executive Officer, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción

Vanessa Calderón-Rosado leads IBA—Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, an organization founded in 1968 that today aims to empower individuals through education, workforce development, and arts programs, and to create affordable housing communities. During Vanessa’s tenure, since 2003, IBA has achieved a dramatic financial, operational, and programmatic turnaround, positioning it as the largest Latino-led nonprofit in Greater Boston.

In 2010, Vanessa became the first Latina in Massachusetts history appointed to the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. She currently serves as president of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations, vice president of the Franklin Square House Foundation, trustee of Eastern Bank, director of The Boston Foundation and Yawkey Foundation, and as a member of the Community Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

Vanessa earned her doctorate in public policy from UMass Boston, and she received an honorary doctorate from Cambridge College.