North Philadelphia native Adonis Banegas will lead Philadelphia’s oldest Latino non-profit.
The Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations of Philadelphia (Concilio) is pleased to announce Adonis Banegas as its new Executive Director. Banegas brings more than a decade of nonprofit experience, most recently as Program Director of the Family Resources Center and Health Education Unit at the Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey (HFCSNJ). Banegas will begin his new position on July 5, 2016.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors of Concilio, I am delighted to welcome Adonis Banegas as our new Executive Director,” said Antonio Valdes, Concilio Board of Director Chair. “As a North Philadelphia native, Adonis grew up immersed in Philadelphia’s Latino culture, and has dedicated his career to helping those in need. We look forward to working with him to expand our organization’s impact on the Philadelphia community.”
As executive director of Concilio, Banegas will oversee programs that provide social, educational, cultural, preventative and intervention services to underserved families in the Philadelphia region. Concilio, the oldest Latino non-profit in Philadelphia, serves as a voice for the diverse Latino community around issues impacting children, youth and families, and convenes two major cultural events in Philadelphia each year: The Hispanic Fiesta on Penn’s Landing in July and the Puerto Rican Festival in September, which includes the Puerto Rican Day Parade.
“Growing up in Philadelphia, I attended the Hispanic Fiesta and Puerto Rican Festival events each year with my family. Understanding and appreciating the deep history of this organization and the tremendous impact it has made on the Latino community in Philadelphia, I am honored and humbled to join Concilio,” Banegas said. “I look forward to expanding on the services that we provide to the community, and to enhance our cultural offerings to the City.”
In his role at HFCSNJ, Banegas oversaw family adult services, including health education and family programs that strengthen children and families. His programs included Family Success Centers; an HIV prevention program; a County-wide asthma and parenting education program; a summer program for at-risk youth; as well as English as a Second Language (ESL) and Civics, workforce development; domestic violence advocacy and case management services.
Prior to working at HFCSNJ, Banegas spent eight years in public health working to expand access to health and social services for vulnerable and underserved populations. That work includes serving as the program manager of the Family Planning Council’s Men’s Initiative, and a facilitator for Educating Communities for Parenting in Philadelphia, and a prevention specialist for Congreso de Latinos Unidos.
Banegas graduated from Samuel S. Fels High School in Philadelphia, after participating in the Consortium for Latino Health. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in Health Education from Arcadia University; Banegas served as an intern at Concilio while in college. His community involvement includes serving as a Board Member for Pan American Charter School.