The Latino Academy of Workforce Development announced today that Margarita Avila will be the new director of workforce development.
In her role, Avila is responsible for developing and steering the agency’s strategy for engaging a broad array of people, communities, and entities across Dane County in the
Latino Academy’s important work. This includes creating, identifying, and providing meaningful and curated opportunities for stronger education and training tracks
that can lead to sustainable employment for Latino Academy’s participants.
Prior to joining the Latino Academy, Avila served as the director for Multicultural Initiatives for the American Heart Association and actively participated in leadership roles across the business and education sectors for the last 15 years. Avila’s leadership experiences range from marketing and public relations with Mark Thatcher Real Estate, LCC., MiVoz.com and ESPN Milwaukee; to curriculum design and evaluation for Pathways to College Program and UW-Stevens Point; to global advocacy and workforce development with the United Nations and National Society of Hispanic MBAs.
A native of Durango, Mexico, Avila graduated from James Madison Memorial High School in 2008. She attended college in Milwaukee where she earned her bachelor’s degree in
Communicative Arts from Wisconsin Lutheran College.