By Rosalía Sánchez
Irma Rosado Soto has been appointed the new Deputy Director of Childrens’ Art Foundation. She has more than 35 years of experience working with national and international nonprofits in the creation of new social projects, capacity building, coaching, and fundraising. She is certified by the Border Philanthropy Partnership Community Foundation, EU-MEX, Fundación Pro Derechos de las Mujeres (Foundation for the Rights of Women), and the Institución de Asistencia Privada (IAP–Institution of Private Assistance) in capacity building, and fundraising. Soto is a lifetime member and was awarded with a fellowship by Ashoka Social Entrepreneurs Foundation, AC chapter in Mexico and Central America for her pioneering project in the comprehensive care of HIV and AIDS patients and also trained with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in social engineering. Her expertise covers HIV/AIDS, children, women and gender rights, community based project development, health programs, ecological awareness, radio and TV production campaigns for raising awareness, grant proposal writing, strategic planning, human development, public relations, networking, and capacity building.
Soto was the executive director of Covenant House in the Republic of Panama and was an adviser in the founding of Covenant House in Mexico City, a nonprofit that cares for runaway children.
She co-founded Asociación Pro-Albergue de Nezahualcóyotl, AC 1991(Nezahualcóyotl, Pro-shelter Association) Nezahualcóyotl in Ciudad , State of Mexico, the largest municipality in Mexico. It was the first community-based model to provide integrated health and human services for those living with HIV/AIDS in poor urban communities. Later in 2001, she co-founded Casita Linda, AC, a Mexican nonprofit in San Miguel de Allende. From the very beginning, Casita Linda has been a wonderful team of foreigners and Mexicans working together to create hope for impoverished local families by helping them to build homes.
Soto was invited by former San Miguel Mayor Lucy Nuñez (2009-2012) to create the liaison office with nonprofit organizations and the foreign community living in the municipality. The board of directors, employees, children, and volunteers welcome Irma Rosado Soto who will be in charge of the Childrens’ Art Foundation’s growing operations