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Characters Unite Award Winners

Veronica Dahlberg

ASHTABULA, OH
FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, HOLA

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 over 20 years. She is the founder and executive director of HOLA, an organization that works to empower and integrate immigrants through community organizing, civic engagement and advocacy. HOLA's weekly community meetings draw hundreds of Latinos in Painesville and through its chapters in the cities of Akron and Lorain. Meetings focus on basics such as, 'What is a Congressman and what does a Congressman do?'

Veronica is a frequent public speaker and serves on a number of boards and committees, most recently being nominated to the inaugural board of National Justice For Our Neighbors, an organization that provides legal services, advocacy and welcoming programs for immigrants through sites around the U.S. In 2009, she was elected by a committee of her peers in northern Ohio and Michigan to serve a 3-year term (2009-2011) to the advisory council for the Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME).