Veronica Isabel Dahlberg, Executive Director, HOLA
2015 Roundtable on Latina Feminism
Immigration Reform Impasse: Sustaining & Building the Grassroots Movement for the Long Term
Veronica Isabel Dahlberg was born in Canton, Ohio, the daughter of Mexican and Hungarian immigrants. She has been an advocate in northeast Ohio’s Latino immigrant community for more than 20 years. She is the founder and executive director of HOLA Ohio, an independent grassroots organization with chapters throughout northeast Ohio that works to empower Latinos through community organizing, leadership development, civic engagement and advocacy. HOLA’s work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Elle Magazine, Cleveland Plain Dealer and a three-part series on Telemundo. Currently, director David Sutherland is filming a long-form documentary about the immigration issue as seen through HOLA’s work.
In 2014, HOLA won the Torchlight Prize, a national award recognizing its work in empowering the Latino community, as well as the Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Award from the Ohio Commission on Latino Affairs under Gov. John Kasich, and a special recognition from the City of Cleveland. Veronica Dahlberg was the 2013 keynote speaker for Hispanic Heritage Month hosted by the Department of Defense (DFAS) at the Cleveland Federal Building for federal employees, receiving recognition during a presentation entitled, “Hispanics Leading and Serving our Nation with Pride & Honor.” She received the 2013 Community Advocate of the Year from the Hispanic Roundtable, in Cleveland. In 2012 she received a “Characters Unite” award from NBC Universal. In 2009 she was named an “Upstander”, as one of 24 people who make a difference in northeast Ohio.