Josie Bacallao

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Josie Bacallao


Josie Bacallao is President & CEO of Hispanic Unity of Florida (HUF). Prior to HUF, Josie was Vice President/Marketing Director for the Sun-Sentinel Company and worked for The Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald as their VP/Marketing for more than 25 years.

Josie is a board member of CareerSource Broward, Greater Ft Lauderdale Alliance and BB&T’s Advisory Board. She is a member of the Nonprofit Executive Alliance of Broward. She is Past Chair of the Board of the Broward Public Library Foundation and Vice-Chair of Holy Cross Hospital and has been active in dozens of nonprofits since high school.

Josie has been honored with the Silver Medallion from NCCJ; she was named to the Broward County Women’s Hall of Fame and received United Way of Broward County’s Human Services Professional Award. Most recently, Legal Aid and Service of Broward County bestowed the Russell E. Carlisle Advocacy Award on Josie and three other community leaders for their work in creating pro bono immigration clinics. Josie also received one of the most meaningful awards of her career, The Jim Moran Foundation Award, for her work leading a nonprofit. In 2015, the Hon. Mario Diaz-Balart recognized Josie and her contributions during Women’s History Month. His comments were added to the March 26, 2015 Congressional Record.

Hispanic Unity was recognized in 2016 with the Affiliate of the Year Award from the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and in 20015 the agency was recognized with the Southeast Affiliate of the Year Award. NCLR is the largest Latino advocacy and civil rights organization in the country

Josie is married and she and her husband share their cottage with two cats Alicia Alonzo and Rafaela (Bella Ella).

Eugenio R. Torres, Founder of Hispanic Unity
shares HUF’s early years in his:

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Hispanic Unity of Florida: Client Stories

Hispanic Unity was founded more than 34 years ago by community leaders to ease the acculturation transition for newcomers from other nations. Today this nonprofit provides assistance through 12 programs and 30+ services, in four languages, to Broward's diverse community. Hispanic Unity remains the county's largest agency dedicated to the immigrant population, providing them with the tools they need to build a new life. In 2015, the agency served 17,000+ clients, from toddlers to adults.