Message From the Director

2575119_origI am sometimes asked why I am serving as the director of a community organization in a primarily Latino area. Why me?

The reason is that I love the people who live here. My passion and calling is to serve the Monument Community – Latinos and others. My children were born in Costa Rica where I learned Spanish and grew to appreciate people from all different backgrounds. I’ve also grown though other experiences, such as losing our home during a hurricane in Miami and working closely with survivors of abuse in Vancouver, Canada.

Over the years I developed a passion for the dignity of all people, and for being accountable as individuals and organizations.  As a community we all need each other, we all have much to learn from each other, and we are all responsible to each other.

In 2006, I moved to the Bay Area and found myself most at home in the Monument Community and working at the Chavez Center. We completed a merger with Monument Community Partnership (renaming ourselves Monument Impact in the process) out of the conviction that together we can do more than we both could individually.  Not only that, we are in fact now seeing how together we can support and come alongside community residents, promoters and leaders so much more!

I am humbled and thankful for the privilege of serving with the people of the Monument Community.

With all my heart and strength I will work to fulfill the responsibilities that are entrusted to me.

Mike has been Monument Impact’s Executive Director since December 2008. Previous to taking the position as Executive Director, Mike served for more than two years as a Monument Impact volunteer, in leadership development with members of our programs, and over a year as a Board member. He has over 30 years of experience working in leadership positions as a senior pastor and with community and faith organizations in Central America, the United States (Miami), Vancouver Canada, and Concord/Walnut Creek. He has had success leading organizations in times of transition and growth, and by putting in place the leadership and accountability necessary for success and sustainability.