SACA’s Carlos Glaupera to relinquish CEO title in 2023 but remain involved in the organization he helped launch | Local News

Carlos Glaupera, CEO of the Spanish American Citizens Association, has spent most of his adult life serving the Lancaster County community he has called home since 1965, providing cultural, social, civic and economic support. We have been dedicated to promoting development.

On Thursday, the 72-year-old Cuban native announced he would step down from his role as CEO in 2023, though he didn’t give a specific date.

José R. Lopez, 56, a former bank executive and commercial real estate appraiser who has been president of SACA since 2020, will become the new CEO.

“SACA now has very good operations and a talented management team. Times are changing, now is the time for a younger generation to take over and do things better,” Graupera said Thursday. I’m stepping down as CEO, but I’m looking to do more of what I can.

Although his role at SACA does not include the title of CEO, Graupera remains deeply involved in the organization he helped launch in 1973. Specifically, he said he will focus on establishing a regional network of Tec Centro, the organization’s bilingual talent development. center.

Graupera said he will work with leaders in the cities of York, Lebanon and Reading to build the Tec Centro regional network.

Tec Centro provides education and skills training to individuals with a focus on workforce development. The first campus to offer medical, culinary and language programs was opened in 2014 at 102 Chester Street in southeastern Lancaster. The newest campus, focused on mechanical engineering, will open in 2021 at 57 Laurel Street in the southwest of the city.

Tec Centro’s model has been replicated by other nearby communities, including the WEPA Empowerment Center in Lebanon and Berks Latino Workforce Development in Reading. Last month, M&T Bank donated one of his former branch buildings in York County to his SACA to establish a new talent development center.

Glaupera has been selected by the SACA to serve the needs of the large influx of Latino families, who now make up approximately 23,000, or 40%, of Lancaster’s population of 58,039, according to the 2020 Census. influenced the creation of The non-profit organization has evolved over the last 50 years and remains a stable and trusted presence in the community.

Graupella immigrated to the United States with her family in 1961, when she was 11 years old. They moved to Lancaster four years after him.

His father, Charles, who emigrated before the family, eventually became a professor of Spanish at Elizabethtown University. Meanwhile, her mother Aida worked as the first bilingual her caseworker for Catholic Social Services.

Originally from Puerto Rico, Lopez grew up in southeast Lancaster and graduated from Lancaster Catholic High School in 1985.

This is not Lopez’s first time working for SACA. Previously, from 1998 until 2002 he was President and CEO of SACA Development Corp. In the City of Lancaster he built a former four-story General Cigar warehouse at 453 S. Lime St. to his 30th oversaw the conversion into apartments and office space.

Lopez was most recently hired as Senior Vice President and Chief Appraiser at Pacific Mercantile Bank in Costa Mesa, California. SACA’s Carlos Glaupera to relinquish CEO title in 2023 but remain involved in the organization he helped launch | Local News

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