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Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM), a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing educational, career and leadership opportunities for Hispanics in Wisconsin, has announced that Francesca Mayca Wegner has been named as its executive director.
“We are confident that Francesca will lead us into a new era of building ever more equitable and powerful partnerships with visionary leaders, organizations around the region,” said HPGM Board Chairman Oscar Tovar. “As HPGM celebrates its 20th anniversary, the future of the organization is shaping up to be a time of renewed energy and exciting changes. Francesca demonstrates a depth of knowledge of nonprofit organizations and has outstanding leadership qualities. With her collective skills and commitment to education, professional development and extensive experience in forging partnerships, she has the proven passion for the HPGM vision and mission.”
Mayca Wegner most recently served as senior director of development and communications for Sojourner Family Peace Center in Milwaukee. She previously served in various roles in Marquette University’s advancement department.
In her new role, Mayca Wegner brings extensive experience in building and sustaining strategic relationships with various stakeholders on behalf of nonprofit, higher education and corporate organizations.
“I have experienced first-hand the power of HPGM programming. I have connected with some of my most trusted mentors and friends through my involvement with HPGM as a college student and a professional,” Mayca Wegner said. “Mentoring and education have played an influential role in my life. I would not be where I am today without those special people and organizations who helped me learn important lessons, celebrated my successes alongside me and made me feel welcome. I am excited and proud to serve as the next executive director, standing on the shoulders of the remarkable leaders who came before me.”
A native of Des Plaines, Ill., Mayca Wegner earned her bachelor of science degree and master’s degree in business administration at Marquette University. She also studied abroad at La Universidad de Deusto San Sebastián in Spain.
She also serves on the board of directors for the Washington County Humane Society, on the Marquette Hispanic-Serving Institution Advisory Committee and as a mentor in the Nativity Jesuit Academy Mentoring program.
Mayca Wegner was selected from a field of 23 candidates who applied for the position and will start in her new role on April 26, Tovar said. HPGM was assisted in the search by Leading Transitions, an executive search firm.
The mission of HPGM is to connect and unite Hispanic professionals, students, and the community with rich heritage, strong leadership, and impactful initiatives. HPGM serves more than 2,500 students and professionals annually by providing access to jobs and internships, scholarships, leadership development, and mentoring opportunities. HPGM works with 37 corporations,12 institutions of higher education, and more than 50 community partners to break down barriers and empower diverse leaders.