Hollister nonprofit leader chosen for national fellowship program

Elias Barocio Jr. currently serves as Migrant Housing Manager at the County of San Benito-Hollister Migrant Center.

Information provided by the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders.

The National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) recently announced that Elias Barocio Jr. has been named a 2019 NALCAB Pete Garcia Community Economic Development fellow. Barocio currently serves as Migrant Housing Manager at the County of San Benito-Hollister Migrant Center. Barocio was awarded a full scholarship for the program, according to a recent news release.

The Pete Garcia Community Economic Development Fellowship is a nine-month leadership training program for Latino leaders from around the country. This year, 18 members were selected and information about the program can be viewed on the NALCAB website.

Established in 2010, the Fellowship was developed to ensure that next generation Latino leaders build the practical, personal and professional skills needed to fill the increasing leadership gap in the community economic development field, the press release said. It provides mid-career Latino practitioners specialized professional development training that prepares them to become strong executive director candidates in the community development field.

Through this program, NALCAB is working to address growing need in the next-generation leadership among Latino-serving asset-building organizations. To date, the program has graduated a total of 117 Latino Leaders from across the country, representing 73 unique nonprofit organizations in 24 states and the District of Columbia, the press release said.

This year the title sponsor is JPMorgan Chase Foundation, with additional funding from the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation and the Southwest Airlines Foundation.

About The National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders: NALCAB is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that represents and serves a geographically and ethnically diverse group of nonprofit community and economic development organizations that are anchor institutions in our nation’s Latino communities. Our membership includes over 120 organizations working in 40 states and the District of Columbia. Our members are experts in implementing responsible, market-based strategies that create jobs, develop neighborhood assets and build family wealth. For additional information, visit

About Hollister Migrant Center: The Hollister Migrant Center provides an opportunity for families that work in agriculture to be housed during the peak harvest season. Typically the center is open during the months of May through November. There are 67 units that are made available every year. In addition to housing, there are several events held at the Migrant Center including: church services, bookmobile, girl scouts outreach, health fair sponsored by Southside Elementary School, and other events throughout the year. Learn more at:

To contact the Hollister Migrant Center, call (831) 637-7913 or email [email protected].


BenitoLink Staff