Cupcakes & Conversation - Panel Conversation
Baltazar De Anda Santana, originally from Mexico and a graduate of UW whitewater. Baltazar was undocumented for 16 years. He just recently became a USA citizen. Baltazar is co-founder and executive director of the Latino Academy of Workforce Development, an organization whose mission is to strengthen our community through bilingual and adult education, job training and employment programs. Baltazar has 11 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Baltazar has led the creation and development of successful programs at the Latino Academy which include the Bilingual Construction Training, Commercial Drivers License program, and the Bilingual Customer Service program, among others. Baltazar's vision is to provide skills to those who need them in order for them to have better employment and better lives. Baltazar is a former Director of Community and Volunteer Engagement at the United Way of Dane County. He also served as an ambassador for the Share and Be Aware program of the Wisconsin Bike Federation. Currently Baltazar serves as a board member of the following organizations: Destination Madison, Madison Bikes and Free Bikes 4 Kidz. Baltazar is a member of the city of Madison Transportation Policy and Planning Board. Baltazar is the Director of Orgullo Latinx LGBT+ of Dane County.
Baltazar lives in Madison with his husband Mark. Baltazar became a triathlete, finishing his first Ironman in 2019. In his spare time, Baltazar is training for his third Ironman on September 12, 2021. Baltazar is also a two-times Marathonist.
The Latino Academy believes that educated and employed Latinos advance our entire community. Since 2011, we have provided personalized education and job training for family-sustaining careers and successful lives. We partner with employers, 4C, City of Fitchburg, City of Madison, Dane County, Fast Forward, Foundation for Women, Hispanic Federation, Madison College, UnidosUS, United Way of Dane County, Wisconsin Technical College System, Workforce Development Board of SouthCentral Wisconsin, and many others to transform the lives of thousands of Latinos and Non- Latinos.