MTA President's Award

Gladys Vega

gladys vegaGladys Vega is the executive director of La Colaborativa, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to advocating for the rights of immigrants, tenants and families through avenues including economic development, legislative reform and health empowerment. Vega became executive director in 2006, after working for 16 years as a community organizer. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chelsea-based nonprofit stepped up and filled in the health care and assistance gaps left by government agencies by collecting donations and distributing needed funds and staples to residents, including diapers and food. Vega has said that empowerment of the individual leads to empowerment of the community and that social action is the strongest vehicle a community can use to achieve its goals.