Veronica Barela
Veronica Barela
NEWSED President/CEO
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Veronica has been employed by NEWSED as its President and CEO since 1977. She is recognized for her skills in housing development, community-based economic development, community organizing, special events, promoting arts and culture, and civil rights work.  She has crested numerous affordable housing opportunities for local residents through creating programs that buy, rehabilitate, construct, sell and/or rent single and multi-family housing developments. In addition, her efforts have led to the creation of hundreds of new businesses and thousands of jobs in the Santa Fe Drive business corridor in Denver’s West Side.  She has led NEWSED’s production of the Cinco de Mayo Festival, El Grito, Civil Rights Awards and many others. Her vision for NEWSED is to improve the quality of life of residents of Denver through a comprehensive approach to community building.  She holds a BA in Public Administration and Psychology from Metro State College and a Masters in Public Administration at CU Denver and is a graduate of the Development Training Institute, Baltimore, Maryland. She has served on various committees and boards throughout the years and has also received numerous recognitions. Most recently she was given the Mayor’s Legacy Award for Excellence in the Arts. See video to learn about Veronica and her extensive career.Mayor’s Awards 2011 Veronica Barela Video

Andrea Barela
Andrea Barela
Development Director
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Andrea has worked in the Denver nonprofit community her entire career. She has worked for organizations such as the Chinook Fund, The Denver Foundation and the Denver Inner City Parish in all areas of program/event coordination and development. Andrea has a Bachelor Degree in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from the University of Colorado at Denver.  At NEWSED Andrea is responsible for coordinating fundraising initiatives and special events, marketing, public relations, Santa Fe Business Improvement District administration and oversight, program development and donor development.

Cecilia Cervantes
Cecilia Cervantes
Neighborhood Stabilization Program Manager
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Cecilia has ten years of experience in the nonprofit community as a certified housing counselor in pre- purchase, credit and post-purchase counseling. Cecilia obtained her experience in the housing sector starting with the Colorado Housing Assistance Corporation as a Housing Counselor then she moved on the City of Aurora as a Foreclosure Counselor and finally at Mile High United Way as an Individual Development Account Facilitator and Community Outreach Coordinator. At NEWSED Cecilia is responsible for managing The Neighborhood Stabilization Program, acquisition, rehabilitation and disposition of the single family housing projects.

Mercedes Fuentes
Housing Counseling Program Manager
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Mercedes Fuentes joined NEWSED CDC in April of 2009 to assist in conducting their Homeownership program and Foreclosure Prevention counseling. Professionally trained as an educator, Ms. Fuentes started out her career teaching classes at the University Autonomy of Hidalgo State in Mexico and then spent 10 years in direct services before becoming involved in housing and foreclosure counseling.

Ms. Fuentes worked as a Homeownership Counselor at a local non-profit for three years as well as a program coordinator/District Manager at Rocky Mountain Mutual Housing for five years. She then went on to Community Resources Housing Development Corporation (CRHDC) and worked as a Manager for Outreach and Emerging Markets where she spearheaded employment programs and initiated outreach homeownership programs. Ms. Fuentes also served as the Treasurer for the Neighborhood Network Center Consortium Board in Denver. For the last three years she has served as board treasurer for the Colorado Housing Counseling Coalition (CHCC) and currently oversees NEWSED’s housing counseling program including Down Payment Assistance, pre and post purchase counseling grants.

Veronica Acosta
Veronica Acosta
Home Ownership and Foreclosure Counselor
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In 1996 Veronica and her family moved to Denver from Mexico; her and her husband started their own Mortgage Company working with families to help them realize their dreams of owning a home. She extended her knowledge in several aspect of lending industry. She received her lending education at the National Lender Services Inc. and worked as a Home Mortgage Counselor for more than 12 years with companies like Wells Fargo Mortgage where she obtained most of her work experience. Veronica is NEWSED’s Home Ownership and Foreclosure Counselor.

Donovan Cordova
Business Incubator Program Manager
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Donovan is a native of Colorado and has been working in the nonprofit community for the last 6 years in areas of homelessness, human services and community development. Donovan is currently completing a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver and has served over 600 hours volunteering for community organizations in the last 14 years. At NEWSED Donovan is responsible for managing The ZONE Business Connection Center, Denver’s first Retail Business Incubator Program, and other programs through our Business Support Office.

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