New England Patriots, NFL honor director of Mission Hill-based Latino youth nonprofit as Hispanic leader
The head of a Latino youth development nonprofit based in Mission Hill recently received an NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award from the New England Patriots.
Alexandra Oliver-Dávila, executive director of Sociedad Latina for the past 13 years, was honored by the Patriots during the team’s Hispanic Heritage game, the home opener against the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 16.
In its second year, the award program recognizes Hispanic leaders in each of the 32 NFL markets as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs each year from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. That span covers a span that includes independence celebrations for several Latin American countries and Columbus Day.
Each honoree can choose an organization that serves the local Hispanic community to receive a $3,000 donation from the NFL and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, with support from beer brand Bud Light.
Oliver-Dávila chose the Jamaica Plain-based Hyde Square Task Force nonprofit.
“Since 1992, she has dedicated her talents and passion to advancing Latinos in Boston by developing and implementing innovative, asset-based programs that respond to the unique challenges young Latinos face on their pathways to adulthood,” Sociedad Latina said in a statement.
As executive director of the organization since 1999, she “has led the organization to grow triple-fold, increasing its budget and expanding the number of youth served each year,” the statement continued. “Oliver-Dávila has pioneered cross-sector collaborations with Boston's healthcare industry, institutions of higher education, corporations, public schools, community centers, and local businesses.”
She and the organization have each been recognized with numerous awards in recent years, the nonprofit said.