Cynthia Figueroa began her tenure as President and CEO of Congreso de Latinos Unidos in January 2011. In this capacity, she has fiscal oversight of more than $22 million dedicated to strengthening Latino communities through social, economic, education and health services. Founded in 1977, Congreso is the City of Philadelphia’s largest nonprofit agency providing expert services to the Latino community, and has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Hispanic nonprofits in the nation by Hispanic Business magazine. The agency employs more than 200 full-time employees.
Immediately before leading Congreso, Ms. Figueroa served as the Deputy Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services (DHS). Highlights of her time working at DHS include leading a comprehensive two-year alignment process addressing all community-based child welfare prevention services and overseeing the contracting of services to over 200 social service providers. She also led the development and implementation of the Education Support Center, which has quickly become recognized as providing innovative solutions to enhance the educational outcomes of children in the child welfare system.
For six years prior to joining DHS, Ms. Figueroa served as the Executive Director of Women Against Abuse, the largest domestic violence agency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Under Ms. Figueroa’s leadership, Women Against Abuse increased its operating budget from $2 million to $5 million and grew its endowment to $3 million. She also executed a comprehensive building development project with the City of Philadelphia to expand the number of domestic violence shelter beds by 50% for victims of domestic violence. The five years before her time at Women Against Abuse were spent working in a variety of capacities at Congreso and overseeing several of the organization’s programs including behavioral health services, women’s wellness programs and Latina domestic violence programs.
In 2010 Ms. Figueroa was selected for the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship and traveled to Chile and Argentina to explore women leadership models in the government and the private sector. Based on her leadership she has also received the following awards and recognitions:
Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Ms. Figueroa has a bachelor’s degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. She resides in Mount Airy with her husband Robert Clark, daughter Lola, and son Santiago.