Adonis Banegas, MSHEd
Adonis Banegas serves as the Executive Director of The Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations of Philadelphia (Concilio). As Executive Director of Concilio, Banegas oversees 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.
Banegas has more than 15 years of nonprofit experience working to expand access to health and social services for vulnerable and underserved populations. That work includes serving as the Program Director at the Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey, Program Manager of the Family Planning Council’s Men’s Initiative, Facilitator for Educating Communities for Parenting, Reintegration Worker for Resources for Human Development, and a Prevention Specialist for Congreso de Latinos Unidos.
A true Philadelphia product, Banegas graduated from Samuel S. Fels High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Policy and Administration from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in Health Education from Arcadia University. His community involvement includes serving on the board for Deep Roots Charter School and Community Advisory Committee for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Cares Community Fund. Banegas previously serving as a Board Member for Pan American Charter School and the Barbershop Initiative, a program under the University of Pennsylvania. The Latino Connection and the Governor’s Advisory Commission recently recognized Banegas as one of 100 most influential Latinos in Pennsylvania on Latino Affairs.