Catholic Charities Atlanta Announces the Appointment of Miguel R. San Juan as its New CEO

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Catholic Charities Atlanta (CCA) announces that Miguel R. San Juan has been appointed its new Chief Executive Officer.

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Miguel R. San Juan

We are excited to have Miguel join the Catholic Charities team. He brings extensive business experience as well as an intricate knowledge of non-profit organizations to the table.

Catholic Charities Atlanta (CCA) announces that Miguel R. San Juan has been appointed its new Chief Executive Officer. He will begin his duties as the new CEO on March 1st. San Juan has been active in public service at local, state and federal levels. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush appointed him as the first National Export Council President.

Scott Garrett, Chair of Catholic Charities Atlanta’s Board of Directors, stated that, “we are excited to have Miguel join the Catholic Charities team. He brings extensive business experience as well as an intricate knowledge of non-profit organizations to the table. We feel that San Juan’s bilingual and bicultural abilities will bring much value towards enhancing Catholic Charities Atlanta success strategy in the broad community.”

San Juan recently moved to Atlanta from Houston, TX where he served as Managing Director of Globalinvest Ventures and Consulting, a business consulting firm. Prior to that role, he served as Senior Vice President for Business Development where he had a leadership role in a $32 million fundraising campaign known as Opportunity Houston. He helped build a campaign and program model which has allowed the Houston region to proactively market itself for jobs and investment.

The Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Atlanta commented on CCA’s new appointment: “I welcome Miguel to Catholic Charities Atlanta and trust that our community will embrace him as he commences the work of serving our most vulnerable neighbors. With his extensive business experience and commitment to public service, Miguel has the leadership skills needed to meet the challenge of serving as CEO.”

San Juan recently shared his personal connection with Catholic Charities to the CCA Board of Directors. “Those who are born in the United States are blessed with U.S. citizenship at birth. Many of us, on the other hand, had a choice. We were born elsewhere, but we chose to come here, albeit by various avenues.”

Born in Havana, Cuba, San Juan’s parents sent him and his sister to the United States in 1962 during a time of political unrest under Operation Pedro Pan, the largest recorded exodus of unaccompanied minors in the Western Hemisphere (http://www.pedropan.org/category/history). The siblings landed in Miami and were placed under the custody of Catholic Charities. Through Catholic Charities, they were sent to a camp in Florida, then to placement with a foster family in Washington State where they lived for several years. Catholic Charities also played a crucial role in the long-awaited reunification with their parents in Houston. “As I think back to my arrival in the United States, I could not possibly have imagined the opportunities that lay ahead.”

On his appointment, San Juan stated, “I plan to keep what works, but am always aware that organizations also need to change to grow. I have a personal passion for the organization's cause and I plan to continue the strong record of accomplishment and good work the agency has achieved in providing help and creating hope for the nearly 18,000 clients they serve each year. As the new CEO of Catholic Charities Atlanta, I would like to do my part, as Pope John Paul II said, “to assure that the needs of the whole society are satisfied.” San Juan plans to do this by focusing on four key areas: expanding current services, expanding strategic partnerships, increasing public awareness, and increasing fundraising avenues.

San Juan lives in Roswell with his wife, Lucia Navarro. Lucia is an anchor on CNN Español’s morning show Café CNN. San Juan has three sons.

About Catholic Charities Atlanta
Catholic Charities Atlanta provides professional support for families in crisis, pregnant women, and immigrants and refugees. Since 1953, we have helped over one million people reach wholeness and self-sufficiency from adversity. For more information about Catholic Charities, please visit http://www.catholiccharitiesatlanta.org or call 404.881.6571.

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