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NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ANNOUNCED FOR
EL CENTRITO FAMILY LEARNING CENTERS

 

The Board of Directors of El Centrito Family Learning Centers is pleased to announce the appointment of Joseph Castañeda as its Executive Director. Mr. Castañeda will lead the organization’s team in delivering innovative, high quality educational and leadership programs that support families throughout Ventura County. The Board of Directors is confident in Mr. Castaneda’s ability and passion to build upon the organization’s 22-year legacy and guide the agency into its next phase of strategic growth and innovation.

Mr. Castañeda is an experienced nonprofit leader who has championed education and advocacy projects for low income families for more than 10 years. Mr. Castañeda brings proven leadership experience that, coupled with his ability to deliver culturally and linguistically responsive program strategies, is well aligned with providing educational and community organizing programs. Mr. Castañeda also has significant experience with community and organizational development, striving to maximize family strengths and cultivate social connectedness to guarantee equitable access to opportunities that lead to future prosperity.

Mr. Castañeda has been with El Centrito Family Learning Centers since 2007, where he helped build the agency’s programs, developed collaborative relationships, and maintained premier preschool, afterschool and parent training programs with a family-centered approach. Most recently, Mr. Castañeda filled the role of Interim Executive Director for the agency.

“Joseph’s passion and professionalism will take El Centrito to the next level of service in our community,” said board president Nancy Switzler. “Joseph has led El Centrito through a smooth transition as interim executive director, and we are delighted that he will bring a focus of strong mission-driven services and collaborative partnerships as executive director."

Mr. Castañeda studied political science and English literature at the University of California, Los Angeles, International Ethics and Welfare Systems at the University of Birmingham, England, and holds a Master’s degree in public policy from California State University, Northridge. Prior to joining the El Centrito team, Mr. Castañeda served as a community development Peace Corps volunteer in the Amazon region of Ecuador.

El Centrito works to fulfill its mission by providing a wide array of strengths-based programs that support Oxnard and Ventura County’s diverse families, provide students with opportunities that instill a love of learning, eliminate root causes of academic disparities, and provide equitable access to opportunities that impact the future wellbeing of our community.

For more information, contact board president or search committee chair at nlswitz@sbcglobal.net.

 

 

 

Mission Statement:

  Our mission is to prepare the youth and families of Ventura County to meet the future and become productive members of the community by providing bilingual, bicultural family and youth educational programs in partnership with parents, schools, and neighborhoods.
 

Focus Statement:

  Founded in 1992, El Centrito Family Learning Centers is a community based non-profit organization located in Oxnard, California. We offer bilingual educational services for low income children and families and promote the educational success English language learning families, by delivering early education, family literacy, after school, and parent leadership services.