Cristo Rey's new exec looks to do more with less

Sep 26, 2013

Joe Garcia, new Executive Director of Cristo Rey Community Center, says he wants to use his business experience to build relationships and expand the reach of Cristo Rey services.

For 45 years, Lansing’s Cristo Rey Community Center has offered health, legal and other services, with an emphasis on Lansing’s Hispanic community.  

Last week, Cristo Rey welcomed a new Executive Director, whose job will be to do more with less.

Funding in the next fiscal year—which begins in just a few days—will drop by more than a half-million dollars.  

Cristo Rey’s new director, Joe Garcia, is a business owner and the son of a former migrant worker from Mexico.  Garcia is also the ex-director of MBA career services at Michigan State University, and has experience in the non-profit world.  He says wants to continue the good done at Cristo Rey, but on a larger scale. He plans to reach out to private foundations and other groups for help.