Nelly Jimenez has been a key leader for the Latino community in the Greater Philadelphia area for 23 years. Since 2015, she has served as Executive Director and CEO of ACLAMO, a leading community service organization for Latinos in Montgomery County. Ms. Jimenez represents ACLAMO, represents her family, and represents Latina women and other women independent of their race and ethnicity. In her words, “Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to feature and highlight the economic and cultural contributions and impact that Latinos and Latino-descendants have made in the United States. It is an opportunity to learn, grow, and share who we are and what we’ve done, as well as call attention to the issues that are impacting our community every day.” During the month of celebration she says, “Latino communities are not homogenous. We are diverse in cultures and origins, and hold our own unique perspectives and gifts to bring to the table.” As a Venezuelan American, she says she is lucky to have the best of both worlds.
Ms. Jimenez is an appointed member of the Pennsylvania’s Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs. She has received several awards including the Exceptional Woman 2020 Mission Ally Award for her work surrounding social justice and the pursuit to eliminate racism and empower women, the 2018 United Way Superhero, the 2015 Most Influential Latina of the Delaware Valley and the 2013 Power Women Award by Main Line Today Magazine among others. She has participated and hosted several panels on issues regarding housing, COVID-19, food insecurity, women rights and social justice.