#ThankyouLuz

Luz Vega-Marquis, our founding president and CEO, has announced her retirement in 2020, and we are pleased to share some of the messages received recognizing her vision and leadership.

In 2002 @LuzVegaMarquis took a chance on a group of parents fighting for change in the child care system. You trusted us, you believed in us, you invested in us significantly when others didn’t. Since then we’ve made real cultural shifts & long term systems change. THANK YOU!

@ParentVoicesCA

@crojasphd

Luz lives true to her name: She is a light of justice for movement building. For nearly 20 years, she has committed to multi-year general operating support to organizations led by people of color and immigrants. I am so proud and humbled to know her! Felicidades!

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@hmcghee

Luz has been one of the very best partners in philanthropy: strategic, bold and always honest. Congratulations on your retirement, Luz, and thanks to @CaseyGrants for your support of @Demos_Org over the years. #thankyouLuz

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@rashadrobinson

Sending well wishes and lots of thanks to Luz.

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@wildfireazorg

Wildfire is grateful to Luz Vega-Marquis for her more than 2 decades of service to @CaseyGrants. She has transformed the Foundation, focused on family-led movement building, and grown the network to over 196 orgs nationwide. Wishing Luz all the best in her retirement!

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@TiffanychangAAF

So much respect for @LuzVegaMarquis for talking about the need for decolonizing philanthropy: “Philanthropy is the last bastion of conservatism. At @caseygrants I’ve been a warrior for inclusion & social justice. 86% of our grants are allocated to communities of color.” #NIIC2019…Thank YOU for all you’ve done!

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@CountyExecEvans

 Proud to present @LuzVegaMarquis with a proclamation from Wayne County honoring her nearly 20 years of service at @CaseyGrants #NIIC2019.

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Your support for @domesticworkers has been critical. #thankyouLuz & @CaseyGrants for all you have done to lift up organizing & leadership of communities of color.

@Ai-JenPoo

@LACANetwork

Wishing Luz Vega-Marquis much deserved rest in her retirement. Luz’ vision of power for those less considered captivated California organizations. Her understanding of long-term investment to build infrastructure and capacity was well before its time. Sending Cali love to her!

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@SVRising

Congratulations to @LuzVegaMarquis on your retirement! Thank you for all you’ve done to build grassroots power for working families and communities of color. #thankyouLuz

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@HCCapopka:

@LuzVegaMarquis – We are grateful for the opportunity to have worked with you and thank you for your efforts in fighting for equity, justice, and eradicating poverty. Thank you for your deep commitment to Hope CommUnity Center and the community. #thankyouLuz

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@JBKM1973

#ThankYouLuz for your years of support for community organizing. Congratulations and best wishes on your plans for retirement! @LuzVegaMarquis

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@JonGarc1a

Felicidades @LuzVegaMarquis for an incredible legacy of galvanizing power for communities of color and elevating Latinx voices in philanthropy

You are a role model for young people who want to make an exponential difference using organizing power and leveraging philanthropic $.

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@RicoDanny

Luz Vega-Marquis helped create a bridge across communities of color by empowering our familias to develop community-driven strategies to advocate for ourselves.

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@Marisa_Franco

Felicidades Luz por un trabajo bien hecho y por todo que se ha logrado bajo su liderazgo ??????

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@GraciaGoya

Muchas felicidades inspiración por tu liderazgo y ejemplo!

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@EddyMorales

Congratulations and the on 20 years of impact, and resourcing a field of leaders building power for the poor.

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@MsTrangTruong

Honored to witness the special recognition of @LuzVegaMarquis, CEO of @CaseyGrants, for her support & years of service. Orgs that have received Marguerite Casey funding were invited to take the stage to honor her, one of them is @LongBeachYMCA @CDYMCALB! #YforAll #NIIC2019

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Luz's guidance has been invaluable to Choice. Her leadership was instrumental in shifting our service delivery model to one that further embraces the voices of our youth and families. #thankyouLuz @LuzVegaMarquis @CaseyGrants

@Choice_Program

@Choice_Program

Luz’s guidance has been invaluable to Choice. Her leadership was instrumental in shifting our service delivery model to one that further embraces the voices of our youth and families. #thankyouLuz @LuzVegaMarquis @CaseyGrants

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@SWOPorg

A big thank you to @LuzVegaMarquis @CaseyGrants for all your great support of community organizing around the country. Your support has helped SWOP build local leadership to take on the big issues facing our community and country. #thankyouLuz

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@MCCormickFdn

Congratulations @LuzVegaMarquis as you enter your next chapter! Your work and how you’ve created opportunities for families and communities of color is inspiring and means the world to us – we thank you from the bottom of our heart ?. #GraciasLuz

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@LSNAChicago

LSNA loves working with @CaseyGrants & is grateful to @LuzVegaMarquis for her leadership. With their support, families have won housing & school programs, parents have mentored in our schools, & thousands of immigrants have received Know Your Rights training. #ThankYouLuz!

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@DerrickNAACP

Thank you @LuzVegaMarquis for 17yrs of leading the charge to support community power building across the country. @NAACP has benefited from your support of civil rights organizing where we work to ensure our communities live without fear of racial discrimination. #thankyouLuz

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@JointCenter

We thank Marguerite Casey Foundation Founding President & CEO @LuzVegaMarquis for her leadership on racial justice & for her support of @JointCenter. #thankyouLuz

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@Areli_RLE:

The @npnewamericans and ally organizations who are @CaseyGrants grantees presenting @LuzVegaMarquis with recognitions. @AngelicaCHIRLA and @DianaColinMer representing @CHIRLA. Thank you, Luz and MCF for your ongoing support. #NIIC2019 #SomosCHIRLA.

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@DianaColinMer

@CaseyGrants has allowed @CHIRLA to do year-round and early voter engagement. Thank you @LuzVegaMarquis for helping build Immigrant Political Power.

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“Women of color have changed the landscape of this country, and Luz Vega-Marquis is no exception to that legacy." Learn more on former Cal Wellness Board Chair Luz Vega-Marquis' retirement. Congratulations and best wishes!”

@Calwellness

@Gee_Es3lla

@LuzVegaMarquis continues build a movement in philanthropy where so many haven’t had the courage to do so. Proud to call her a mentor. Glad we have your leadership in this capacity for one more year, Luz!

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@Maria_Hinojosa

Yeah, I wouldn’t have my own non profit media company if it wasn’t for LUZ! She made me believe I could. Felicidades Luz y gracias!! @futuromedia Marguerite Casey Foundation CEO Luz Vega-Marquis Announces Retirement http://story.cd/AALyo5 via @PRWeb

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@BayEqualVoice

BAEVC congratulates @LuzVegaMarquis, a powerful leader who stands up for working families, supported grassroots movements before it was popular, and provided gen operating, multi-year support to people of color and women-led orgs, when no one else was doing it. THANK YOU, Luz!

@CoCoSouthLA

Here’s to a happy retirement for @LuzVegaMarquis, a social justice trailblazer. The 1st Latina chief executive of a national foundation, her legacy also includes prioritizing funding to grassroots advocacy organizations led by POC, such as CoCo. Thank you for all you’ve done!

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@icirr

Our deepest gratitude to @LuzVegaMarquis for her expertise and longtime partnership in working to undo the restraints of systemic inequity. We honor and celebrate your legacy in the social justice movement. #thankyouLuz

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@RamiNashashibi

I’ve come across amazing people in the nonprofit field over 25yrs, yet Luz is a force of nature in a class of her own driving over $500 million dollars to predominantly black& brown led grassroots organizations in generous multi-year general operating grants. Honored to know her!

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@NPNewAmericans

A beautiful recognition for @LuzVegaMarquis, President & CEO of @CaseyGrants from the organizations that have been supported by her over the years! #NIIC2019 #NewAmericanDreams.

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@Nelson I. Colón

Enhorabuena! Saludos Luz

@Crystal Hayling

Congratulations, Luz. Well-deserved.

@KarlitaLiliana

Listen yall, @LuzVegaMarquis was the ONLY Latina running a National foundation. And as she leaves @crojasphd takes her place, continuing the legacy. Such a big deal! I hate that there is only one, but if that’s the case, I’m glad a systems changer like Carmen is the one.

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@Lucia Corral Peña

Congratulations Luz! No doubt that Carmen will amplify the great work you launched and nurtured and championed over the past decade (plus) as well as bring her own unique vision, strengths and leadership!

Wishing a very happy and restful retirement to my friend Luz Vega-Marquis, who's been an incredible partner in the fight for justice. Congratulations and thank you for all that you've done!

@dorianwarren

@slew107

EVSCFA joins our colleagues in sending our congratulations to you, Luz, my original “Comadre” … with much appreciation and gratitude for all you have done on behalf of our families, our communities, and our leaders … and the movement! @LuzVegaMarquis thank you.

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@CausaJusta1

Felicidades to @LuzVegaMarquis for your retirement and on your commitment to working families and grassroots movements! Wherever you land, you will shine and we are looking forward to hearing about it! @BayEqualVoice

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@PCA_NM

Luz Vega-Marquis has been a beacon of light for many years. She’s been a trailblazer. A fearless leader. You will be missed! Thank you for all that you’ve done for communities like ours.
⁦@LuzVegaMarquis⁩
⁦@CaseyGrants⁩

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@alexttom

Thank you @LuzVegaMarquis for leaving such an important movement legacy and setting the trend of supporting people of color-led power building organization across the country. Wishing you all the best & congrats on your well-deserved retirement!

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@Urban_Habitat

@LuzVegaMarquis Congratulations on your well-deserved retirement! Your vision and commitment to working families has built a strong network of equity warriors in California and nationally.

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@ZachWNorris

@LuzVegaMarquis congrats on your retirement! a powerful leader built a powerful org. I look forward to more collaboration still to come. come visit us at @RestoreOakland soon. its home 4 @EllaBakerCenter, @CausaJusta1 @rocunited. not possible w/o @CaseyGrants longterm support!

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 @MIRACoalition

Warm tribute to Luz Vega-Marquis, president and CEO of @CaseyGrants and proud Nicaraguan-American, for many years of support and very wise advice to this movement. #NIIC2019.

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@HICAED

So proud to be a MCF grantee! Thanks @LuzVegaMarquis and @CaseyGrants @HICAtweets @npnewamericans.

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@AijenPoo

So well deserved. ????????

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@LuzVegaMarquis Thank you for your leadership within philanthropy and your unwavering support for community organizing. #thankyouLuz

@IbenitoICIRR

@RashadRobinson

Sending well wishes and lots of thanks to Luz.

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@ErickaOerickson

TY @LuzVegaMarquis for the many years of powerful and inspiring leadership and partnership with grassroots organizations and movements in the U.S. So many great memories of working with @CaseyGrants, especially in the creation of the Equal Voice for Americas Families Platform.

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@dpinedaPh

Thank you Dr. Ross for sharing an important perspective. We do need more bold, audacious, passionate, and unapologetic leaders in philanthropy. @LuzVegaMarquis @CalEndow

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@Mauril

Thank you for setting a high bar and modeling trust in community, courage, generosity, humility and compassion, @LuzVegaMarquis

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@PplsAction

A retirement well earned! Congratulations to Luz Vega-Marquis! #thankyouLuz

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@BlackOrgProject

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#ThankyouLuz for your inspiring leadership, commitment to philanthropy, and pioneering vision for empowering low-income families — as well as your long-standing mentorship to so many in the field dedicated to creating a just and equitable society for all.

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