Executive Director, Mi Casa es Puebla
Ana Flores is currently the Executive Director of Mi Casa es Puebla, the office of representation of the state of Puebla in the east coast, located in Manhattan, NY and Passaic, New Jersey. In her current role, Ana oversees the services provided to the hundreds of thousands people of Puebla origin living in the area.
Previously, Ana lead the Mexican Cultural Center in Philadelphia, a non-profit organization that promotes understanding and awareness of the cultural diversity of Mexico and its influence in the Delaware Valley region of the United States. Under her leadership, the number of cultural events organized annually by the Cultural Center doubled, all while maintaining the quality of each program. This effort has strengthened the Cultural Center’s reputation and impact throughout the city, with events ranging from student workshops and community performances to larger cultural festivals and celebrations.
Ana has demonstrated her ability as an achiever with outstanding knowledge of public relations and community cultural awareness. This knowledge was developed during the seven years that she collaborated with the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia in different departments and positions, such as head of their cultural department.
In May 2015, she obtained a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a Certificate in Politics from the same institution. She has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Universidad de las Americas-Puebla in Mexico.
In 2014, the publication Philadelphia Neighborhoods named her as one of the "5 People Making a Difference" in Philadelphia's Latino community.
Arturo Varela serves as media relations manager at Visit Philadelphia and focuses on the general and LGBT markets. In this role, Varela works to secure editorial coverage for Philadelphia in local, regional and national media outlets, plans media events, and tracks coverage, while also shaping and executing the company’s integrated LGBT campaign. In addition, Varela represents Visit Philadelphia at key LGBT industry events and conferences.
Before joining Visit Philadelphia, this seasoned journalist served as senior reporter at Al Día News, where he spent six years producing dual-language content on a broad range of topics from arts and culture to politics. In 2011, he was invited to the White House to interview President Barack Obama. Throughout his career in journalism, Varela won several José Martí Awards and Professional Keystone Press Awards for his work.
Varela is a 2009 graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso, where he majored in communications and minored in film. He serves on the promotion and media working group for the Philadelphia 2016 DNC Host Committee and on the advisory board for Philadelphia Fight, a comprehensive AIDS service organization.