It is with a heavy heart the PGL announces that Country Director Yessica Holguin will be leaving the organization at the end of her contract in mid-April.  “Nicaragua has been my home for the last six years, and it will be very hard to leave,” said Holguin.  She has been hired to lead the Community Wealth Building Network of Metro Denver.  “This is a new initiative that aims to build a more just economy that works for everyone not just the wealthy and well-connected,” Holguin explained.

Her partner and fellow PGL Country Director, Carlos Valverde, will stay on board with PGL to transition in a new Country Director in León.  “Yessica and Carlos have brought a high level of professionalism, structure, and energy to PGL, and their dedication to empowering community development will be missed,” said Karl Mattson, PGL Co-President.  Among their many accomplishments were helping to guide an inclusive organizational strategic planning process that developed a set of guiding principles for sustainable development and updated PGL’s vision, mission, and values.  “These organizational elements have helped us better define our role and work in communities,” said Mattson, “and of all their accomplishments, this will be Yessica and Carlos’ legacy.”

Yessica and Carlos also designed PGL’s new Strategic Partnerships Initiative.  “This initiative puts our values and guiding principles into action,” Valverde highlighted.  “Through this initiative we recognize the strengths and assets of communities and look to empower Nicaraguans to be the leaders of their own development,” he continued.  Over the next several weeks PGL will be conducting an international search for a new Country Director build on this work.  If you or someone you know is interested in this position please view the Job Announcement [PGL-CD-Announcement-Final].

The Executive Committee of PGL would like to thank Yessica and Carlos for their work with PGL, and wish them the best of luck as they return home to Denver and continue their fight for social justice.