The new General Manager set foot in Casa Latina in January, and the prelude of her job role has quickly transformed into a vigorous journey of new discoveries. Her character is eager and keen, but her approach is focused. “This organisation has so much potential” she mentions at first, as she walks us through her impressive professional background in the charity sector, mainly related to employment rights and almost always linked to the Latin American community in the UK.
One of the founder members of the Asylum Support Appeals Project, she worked for Chile Democratico (IRMO today) in the kickoff of her career and then devoted 8 years as a coordinator at Carila. Clearly aware of the landscape and fully knowledgeable of the challenges ahead in the field, Stefanie then took a bypath in her profession and began working in second-tier line roles. At that point, employment rights became her area of expertise.
However, the Latin American House position served as a straightforward possibility to get back on the front game. “This was a unique possibility, I felt it was time to take responsibility once again” said Stefanie, who now oversees every daily detail at Casa Latina, as a new organisational scheme seems to be blooming in the Kilburn charity. As a graduate of Latin American Studies, she finds herself particularly drawn to the varied background of the people working with the organisation, as well as the diverse spectrum of features that Casa Latina has to offer: “From the bilingual nursery Menchu to the cultural magazine Ventana Latina, I feel that there is so much to offer to the community”.
Furthermore, 2015 resembles a period of challenges and expectation, as the team embarks in an exciting new venture: “This year, the main goal is to conduct a massive reorganisation in order to centralise systems. Also, we will be working on a scheme based on a new business plan”. Latin American House teamed up with Accenture to develop a series of guidelines that will help the charity to keep forging lasting relationships with the Latin community in London and to strengthen the cultural, legal and educational services, an ongoing process that started in 1983 and it’s now looking stronger than ever.