Leadership - Lourdes Barroso de Padilla - Impact & Inclusion Advisory Board

Leadership Position:
Impact & Inclusion Advisory Board
Latina Mentoring Academy
Job Title:
Bachelors Degree
Lives In:
Olde Towne East

About Lourdes

Lourdes Barroso de Padilla has an extensive background in youth development and leadership. She began her 25-year career with City Year, an education focused organization dedicated to helping students and schools succeed. Mrs. Padilla has helped to found five of City Year’s twenty nine sites across the country, and has worked at all levels of the organization. Her City Year titles over the years have ranged from Civic Engagement and Events Manager, National Convention Events Director, National Convention Deputy Director, and Executive Director. Mrs. Padilla is a certified Youth Development Trainer and was awarded the Hewlett Packard Alumni Leadership Award in for her impact and service to the organization.

Mrs. Padilla is a graduate of Project Diversity, Leadership Columbus, and the Academy for Leadership and Governance Executive Fellowship program. She has served as a Commissioner with the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission, as a founding member of the Create Columbus Commission and as a board member for Directions for Youth and Families. Currently she serves as the Director for the Latina Mentoring Academy in addition to serving as the President of the Board of Directors for the Latino Empowerment Outreach Network (LEON) and on the United Way’s Education Impact Council and Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

She was featured in the inaugural editions of The Women’s Book and Who’s Who in Latino Columbus. She has been honored Business First’s 40 under 40, a recipient of the Girl’s Rock Award and will be featured in WELD Ohio’s Women Welding the Way Calendar 2017. In addition to her many commitments, Mrs. Padilla also owns and operates a small event company called, ‘A Time to Toast!’

Mrs. Barroso de Padilla is a first generation Cuban-American who was born and raised on the eastside of Columbus and is a product of the Columbus public school system. She resides with her husband, Ernesto, and daughters, Eva and Valentina in Eastmoor.