Dear MCCLA friends, colleagues, and community,
With sadness and gratitude, we announce that after 24 years of service, MCCLA’s Executive Director Jennie Rodriguez, intends to transition from MCCLA in early 2022. The MCCLA community will miss her leadership.
Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, and did postgraduate work in Languages and Translation and Interpretation at the University of Puerto Rico. Jennie came to SF in 1983 and has since been a proud resident of the Mission District, where she became a small business owner for 13 years while serving on multiple boards, associations and community groups.
As Executive Director at MCCLA, Jennie oversaw many notable cultural endeavors. In 2015 The UC Santa Barbara Library acquired the Mission Gráfica and La Raza Graphics Collections from MCCLA. These two discrete collections together consist of several thousand historical silkscreen print posters from the Chicano/Latino visual arts movement. The archives are now part of the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives (CEMA), a division of UCSB Library’s Special Research Collections. The restoration of the MCCLA facade mural, “Spirit of the Arts”, was celebrated in 2017. The mural covers the entirety of the Center’s 3,700 square-foot façade and was originally painted in 1982 by Carlos Loarca, Miller-Kusz and Manuel Villamor, all of whom returned to work on its restoration to commemorate the center’s role as a fixture of the Mission district’s artistic community.
Under Jennie’s tutelage MCCLA has continued to offer over 50 artistic classes for adults and children/youth. Classes include visual arts, dance, music, drama, literary arts, media arts, multidisciplinary arts, and special workshops. MCCLA also hosts the Multicultural Arts Summer youth program during the summer for young people ages 7 to 13. The MCCLA galleries present year-round exhibitions, multicultural events, and MCCLA is home to Mission Graficia, a studio for screen printing, etching, and relief printmaking. During the worst of the pandemic, operations, art services, and community engagement continued uninterrupted.
For over 20 years Jennie has organized and co-directed numerous artistic contingents for Carnaval SF. She believes that “It is Music, of all art forms, that has the unique and magical power to engage us all.” Jennie leaves MCCLA in a very strong position for continued growth. We sincerely thank her for her contribution and leadership during her time here. The Board wishes her a fruitful transition to future endeavors.
The board will continue to oversee the process of permanently filling the position. We are confident that when the time comes, Jennie will help to ensure a smooth transition for our community, partners, and supporters.
If you have any questions about the transition or the organization, do not hesitate to reach out to the Board of Directors at firstname.lastname@example.org
Board Chair, Mission Cultural Center Board of Directors