Veronica Isabel Dahlberg

Veronica Isabel Dahlberg, Founding Executive Director, was born in Canton, Ohio, the daughter of Mexican and Hungarian immigrants. She has been an advocate in Northeast Ohio’s Latino and immigrant community for more than 20 years. Under her direction, HOLA Ohio is developing a Hispanic Community Center and Commercial Kitchen Incubator in Painesville, a $2 million project to open in spring 2022.

She is also working on a research project to document the history of Mexicans in the Western Reserve, with support from the Cleveland Foundation. She has received multiple honors, including the 2019 Women of Note award from Crain’s Cleveland Business, the Torchlight Prize – a national award recognizing work that empowers the Latino community – and the Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Award from the Ohio Commission on Latino Affairs under Gov. John Kasich. Dahlberg also received a Community Advocate of the Year from the Cleveland Hispanic Roundtable, and a “Characters Unite” award from NBC Universal. She was recently elected to serve on the 12-member Affiliate Council for UnidosUS, the largest Hispanic civil rights organization in the country. She will represent the 13-state Midwest Region and its 56 affiliate Latino organizations for a three year term. Veronica is a frequent public speaker on topics relating to the Latino community. Contact: