09.28.23

2023 Nino Gallo Leadership Award Announced

 2023 Nino Gallo Leadership Award Announced   

Community Foundation Boulder County is excited to announce the 2023 Nino Gallo Leadership Award Recipient, Ana Fernandez Frank. 

 
Community Foundation Boulder County created the Nino Gallo Leadership Award in memory of Nino Gallo, a local leader who passed away in December 2020 due to COVID-19. Gallo had a tremendous career supporting immigrants and low-income individuals in Boulder County. Among other career achievements, he worked as a Housing Manager for the Boulder County Housing Authority, leading Casa Esperanza and Casa Vista, two shelters that provide housing support to migrant workers and families. Additionally, in 2000, Gallo pioneered the Know Your Rights Campaign, an initiative that seeks to inform immigrants about their rights in the United States. Gallo was also one of the founders of the Latino Task Force, a group of Latino leaders that has spearheaded many initiatives for the benefit of Boulder County’s Latino community.  
 
The Nino Gallo Leadership Award seeks to honor individuals in Boulder County who, like Gallo, have made significant contributions to: 
 
  • Innovative work on behalf of immigrants
  • Support for the economically-disadvantaged
  • Influence on community engagement efforts 
  • Impact on local programs and policies 
 
“Nino’s name will resonate and carry on to future generations,” said Norma Fuentes, Nino’s widow and long-time community activist. “Through this award, we hope that immigrants and descendants of immigrants can see themselves through Nino's life work because – as we know – representation is power.” 
 
This year’s awardee, Ana Fernandez Frank, is the current Public Policy and Community Outreach Coordinator at Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA), where she leads EFAA’s Strategic Education efforts to help raise awareness and advocate for systemic change on the broader issues facing the most vulnerable in our community. Before joining EFAA, Fernandez Frank worked at the PLAY Boulder Foundation as a Community Outreach Coordinator, leading education efforts about local parks and recreation. She also has been the leader of the BVSD Consejo Asesor de Padres Latinos (CAPL), the Latino Parent Council, since its inception in 2018, where she advocates for educational and equity policies on behalf of Latino students.  
 
The Executive Director of EFAA, Julia Van Domelen, states that “Ana truly embodies the spirit of the Nino Gallo Award. She brings her expertise, enthusiasm and deep commitment to building a more equitable community through her position as EFAA’s Public Policy and Community Outreach Coordinator. This includes helping identify and assess public policy positions at the local, state, and federal level that benefit low-income residents. Her outreach efforts have been instrumental in bringing information to the Latinx community.” Community members also speak highly of Fernandez Frank. They say of her: “Ana creates connections and works to elevate participant voices and lived experience in the decision-making process.” Another person added that “she is committed to help address the systemic barriers and inequities that many people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ+, and economically challenged individuals face daily. She advocates for educational and equity policies so that Latino students and their families have the same opportunities and support as the most privileged students.” Community Foundation Boulder County is happy to celebrate Fernandez Frank’s achievements thus far and is looking forward to seeing what she will accomplish in the future.