NEW CASTLE, Pa.-- In 2015, Governor Wolf reestablished the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs as the Commonwealth’s advocate agency for Latinos. On Friday, January 10, Maria Delgado was sworn in by Deputy Secretary Jonathan Marks as the Latino Affairs Commissioner for Lawrence County.
The Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs (GACLA) was created by Executive Order and consists of volunteer members who have proficiently served Pennsylvania’s fastest growing Latino community since 1971. GACLA’s mission is to advise the governor on policies and legislation that impact Latino communities and to ensure that Pennsylvania’s Latinos are given the opportunity to thrive in community development, education, equal rights and equal opportunities, workforce, health and social services in Pennsylvania.
“Pennsylvania is built on a foundation of inclusion and diversity and the Latino community is an important part of our Commonwealth’s history and our future,” said Governor Wolf. “I commend all of the members of my Latino Affairs Commission for their dedication and commitment. There is a tremendous need to hear from Latinos on everything from healthcare and education to economic development and the census, and I look forward to working with the commissioners to create a Pennsylvania where everyone can thrive.”
Featured speakers at the ceremony included Department of Aging Secretary Robert Torres, Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera and State Representative Danilo Burgos.
“We will continue to work with cabinet members, stakeholders, and local, state and federal officials as a united front to advocate for the Latino community across the commonwealth. The Governor believes in bridging the gap to help increase accessibility to improve lives for all Latinos in Pennsylvania, and I’m extremely proud to work for this administration that believes in equality,” said Luz B. Colon, GACLA Executive Director.
“I am both humbled and blessed to chosen by God to help the families in Lawrence County,” said Maria Delgado. Maria has been employed by the PA Dept. of Human Services for 15 years and has been a resident of Lawrence County for the past three years. Maria volunteers her time as the Safety Rep for Lawrence County statewide community service repair, secretary treasurer for LCLAA Pittsburgh Chapter (Labor Council of Latin American Advancement) and currently enrolled in Leadership Training through the Lawrence County Regional Economic Development Leadership Class. This position was previously held by Angelico Costello of New Wilmington.
“It was incredible to witness such a historic event that will make sure Lawrence County Latino residents are recognized and served by the Commonwealth,” said Gayle Young, Executive Director, United Way of Lawrence County.