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Florencia Velasco Fortner, President and CEO

Tenacity. Compassion. Respect. Optimism. These irrepressible qualities define Florencia Velasco Fortner, The Concilio’s president and CEO. An immigrant from Mexico at age six, you might have thought she was destined to become a statistic. She credits her success to the encouragement of her uneducated parents and the support she received from people and programs that invested in her.

Today, at the helm of The Concilio, she’s returning the favor as she champions disadvantaged children and families. Since she joined The Concilio in 2005, the organization has quadrupled its assets and increased families served from 2,000 to over 10,000. She is a graduate of Leadership Dallas, a Marshall Memorial Fellow, a member of the Dallas Assembly and the Hispanic 100, she serves on the advisory board of the Dallas Women’s Foundation, plus she is a board leader of numerous other community organizations. Of course, Florencia is just getting started ……