You might have noticed that Mi Casa’s CEO and Executive Director Christine Marquez-Hudson has been in the limelight a lot lately, especially with two video shoots this week! What is all the hype about? Christine is being recognized far and wide for her exemplary leadership skills.
Fireside Production and Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce stopped by Mi Casa to shoot a video for the chamber’s ATHENA Award. Christine is one of the nominees for this prestigious honor, which recognizes Denver women who possess exceptional professional achievement, devotion to community service, and generosity in actively assisting other women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.
“[Christine] joins a prestigious list of strong leaders who care deeply about our state’s future,” said 9NEWS’ Mark Cornetta. “Christine is an outstanding business leader who is helping to elevate the Hispanic community for the benefit of all residents. “
When she came on board Mi Casa in 2008 as the CEO and executive director, Mi Casa was spread thin over numerous programs and hurting from reduced government and foundation funding.
With Christine’s passion and strategic planning, the organization has since tripled its participation rates from 800 to 2,300.
“What really sets Christine apart is her extraordinary vision for what she wants to achieve, her ability to design a strategy to reach that goal and her talent in inspiring all those around her to reach toward that goal,” said Olga Garcia, community affairs manager of the Denver Health Medical Center.
Tameka Montgomery, executive director of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, said, “Christine’s drive to get things done and her entrepreneurial vision have resulted in creative and innovative solutions to pressing challenges facing Denver’s Latino community. Indeed, we are fortunate to have Christine leading the way toward a better tomorrow for our community.”
With Christine’s leadership, Mi Casa has strongly established itself as a beacon of hope for low-income Denver families, advancing the economic success of Latino and working families through expanding opportunities for educational, professional and entrepreneurial advancement.
Christine isn’t about to stop there. When asked about her future aspirations for Mi Casa she said, “We envision a Mi Casa in multiple locations throughout the metro-Denver area, providing integrated economic development services [and ]most importantly, we hope to help more people and families improve their economic health while development skills and advancing their education to increase self-sufficiency.”