Maria Jimenez-Lara has been named Chief Executive Officer of the Naples Children & Education Foundation - NCEF, the non profit organization behind the famous Naples Winter Wine Festival. The appointment, according to a Foundation's press release, is effective May 1, 2015.
Ms. Jimenez-Lara previously served as the Foundation's Services and Grants Director since 2012 when she joined NCEF after serving as director of Charter Schools for the Redlands Christian Migrant Association in Immokalee for 13 years.
With the message below, the Hispanic Council congratulated Ms. Jimenez-Lara:
Ms. Maria Jimenez-Lara
Naples Children & Education Foundation
Dear Ms. Jimenez-Lara
On behalf of The Hispanic Council, I want to congratulate you for being named the new Chief Executive Officer of The Naples Children & Education Foundation – NCEF.
Your academic background, trajectory of service to less privileged communities, successful professional career, and many accomplishments in education and other social services within the Non-for-profit sector in Collier County, epitomize what CHBP stands for in terms of service, commitment, and leadership.
The Hispanic Council wants to celebrate this new and exciting stage in your career, as it constitutes an invaluable example to Hispanic/Latino professionals in our community, especially women and girls of our heritage.
We wish you the best in your new responsibility, and want to offer our collaboration if you ever consider it relevant to any of your institutional endeavors.
Luis Bernal, MPP
Vice President, Public Relations
The Hispanic Council