The Future Of New Futures Is Now In The Hands Of Mario Paredes


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The future of New Futures, a non-profit educational center for low-income children, youth and family, is now in the hands of Mario Paredes (pictured, left), its new Executive Director, who will start June 1st.

“I greatly look forward to working together with New Futures’ families and with schools, along with New Futures’ many other community partners, to reduce educational disparities and ensure that all children and youth are able to thrive,” Paredes said in a statement.

Paredes is a “longtime, highly respected community leader in Washington State,” according to a press release, and currently serves as the executive director of Consejo Counseling and Referral Service, an agency that provides culturally competent services to underserved Latino communities, especially families with children. Under Mario’s leadership over the past 12 years, Consejo has grown from a local agency with a $2.2 million annual budget to a statewide agency with a $6 million annual budget. In addition, Mario has led two successful multi-million-dollar capital campaigns during his tenure there. As a result, Consejo has been able to greatly expand its programming and extend its reach to better serve hundreds of low-income, immigrant families in our region.

Paredes will have his coming out party at New Futures’ Get Inspired! Benefit Breakfast on Wednesday, May 5, at the Washington State Convention Center (see poster below). For tickets, or for more information, click here.

According to their website:

New Futures’ mission is to partner with families to create communities where children thrive. Our integrated, culturally relevant programs build skills, foster connectedness, and promote strengths. We operate vibrant community learning centers at four low-income apartment complexes in South King County, providing on-site children and youth, family, and community-building programs for nearly 1,600 people, and positively impacting all of the approximately 4,000 people who live in these communities.

New Futures’ sites include:

  • Arbor Heights in White Center
  • The Heights at Burien (formerly Vintage Park) in Burien
  • Windsor Heights in SeaTac
  • Woodridge Park in Boulevard Park

More info on New Futures is available at their website.

Here’s the press release in its entirety:

It is with great pleasure that the New Futures Board of Directors announces that Mario Paredes will join New Futures as our new executive director on June 1, 2010.

A longtime, highly respected community leader in Washington State, Mario is currently the executive director of Consejo Counseling and Referral Service, an award-winning agency that provides culturally competent services to underserved Latino communities, especially families with children. Under Mario’s leadership over the past 12 years, Consejo has grown from a local agency with a $2.2 million annual budget to a statewide agency with a $6 million annual budget. In addition, Mario has led two successful multi-million-dollar capital campaigns during his tenure there. As a result, Consejo has been able to greatly expand its programming and extend its reach to better serve hundreds of low-income, immigrant families in our region.

Mario brings to New Futures a proven track record of successful management, effective advocacy, and strategic coalition building. In recognition of his leadership, both Mario and Consejo have received numerous honors. Mario currently serves on the boards of the Minority Executive Directors Coalition, Washington Community Action Network, and the Casa de Esperanza National Advisory Board, and is a former board president of the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. He earned a masters degree in Non-Profit Management from Seattle University and a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Western Washington University. As an immigrant to the United States from El Salvador, Mario brings a deep understanding of the challenges facing the children, youth and families in New Futures’ programs.

We are thrilled to welcome Mario to New Futures, and he is excited to join our team as well.

“I greatly look forward to working together with New Futures’ families and with schools, along with New Futures’ many other community partners, to reduce educational disparities and ensure that all children and youth are able to thrive.”

You will have an opportunity to meet Mario at New Futures’ Get Inspired! Benefit Breakfast on Wednesday, May 5, at the Washington State Convention Center. If you haven’t already made your breakfast reservation, please do join us that day in welcoming Mario to New Futures. And if you have made your reservation, please forward this great news to others and encourage them to join us on May 5 to welcome Mario.

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