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Hugo Carvajal

2020 Cheng Fellow

Hugo Carvajal is a Mid-Career MPA candidate at the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government and the co-founder and Executive Director of The Latino Support Network Inc. (LSN), a registered 501 (c)(3) serving the Latino community and other immigrant communities in Lynn and Boston. LSN promotes socio-economic development, cultural and civic integration, and participation of its members through a two-fold approach: 1) education through training and coaching participants and 2) identifying and fostering the human capital of its participants. Hugo’s work focuses on financial literacy and empowerment, as well as providing technical support and advice to small businesses and worker-owned cooperatives. LSN has worked in partnership with the Harvard Enterprise Project to establish a Community Development Corporation (CDC) in Lynn. In addition to this role at LSN, Hugo serves on the Board of La Vida Scholars Inc, a nonprofit organization providing scholarships and college preparation programs for high school students in Lynn. Hugo is also a Latino Leadership Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Prior to his current role, he served as the Director of Family and Community Engagement for KIPP Massachusetts. Additionally, he founded the Community Learning Centers at KIPP MA, where he was responsible for strategic planning, budgeting, program development, fundraising, and external relations in addition to advocacy and organizing efforts to advocate for equity in education.

As a Cheng Fellow, Hugo hopes to continue developing the work of establishing the first Latinx-owned and operated credit union in Massachusetts to serve as a change agent to increase access to capital and provide technical support for minority-owned businesses and worker-owned cooperatives.