On January 8th, LUCHA welcomed Isaias Solis as the Director of Programs – a newly formulated position designed to help coordinate and strengthen LUCHA’s programming. We sat down with Isaias to learn about his transition to the Windy City and this new role.
What were you doing prior to working at LUCHA? Where are you joining us from?
Raised in Detroit, Michigan, I attended Cass Technical High School and graduated Magna Cum Laude, considering myself a proud product of the Detroit Public School system. In 2005, I graduated from Michigan State University, James Madison College with a degree in Social Relations & Policy and a specialization in Chicano/Latino Studies. Committed to serving others, I dedicated 3 years of AmeriCorps service with Teach For America in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas where I taught middle and high school social studies and was bestowed the District Teacher of the Year Award in 2007.
Upon graduating from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor with a Master of Social Work degree in 2009, I served as High School Teacher with the Donna Independent School District, Director of District and School Partnerships with Teach For America, and Power of We Consortium Director, Federal Healthy Start Program Supervisor, and Federally Qualified Community Health Center Supervisor with the Ingham County Health Department.
I’ve also had the privilege to work alongside former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, Lansing Mayor Tony Benavides, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, Michigan Congressman Hansen Clarke, and in Capitol Hill in Washington, DC with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.
Give a description of your work with LUCHA.
As the Director of Programs, I will be responsible for managing functions that meet the objectives of the Housing Counseling and Advocacy Programs, Resident Services and the LUCHA Law Project. I will also assist with duties required by LUCHA to maintain and grow our lending and foreclosure prevention programs, and manage the social services and legal aid functions.
What are you most looking forward to in this position?
LUCHA has a rich history and legacy of advancing housing as a human right, one of the essential social determinants of health that impact disparity in communities. I am humbled and excited to now be part of the growing legacy and the positive impact that LUCHA has in community and look forward to bringing my expertise to continue to deliver and expand high quality programming for community members.