SEEC Board of Directors

Leni Gonzalez

Leni Gonzalez

Chair

Andres Tobar

Andres Tobar

Executive Director

Zuraya Tapia-Hadley

Zuraya Tapia-Hadley

Vice chair

Clare Cherkasky

Clare Cherkasky

Secretary

Jorge E. Figueredo

Jorge E. Figueredo

Treasurer

Portia Clark

Member

Shirley L. Ruhe

Member

Marie Tillander

Member

Juan Torres

Member

Pat Williamson

Member

Gerson Paniagua

Member



About Exec Director Andres Tobar

Andres Tobar, a 38-year resident of Arlington, Virginia is a civic and political activist in Arlington. Since February 2004, he has been Executive Director of the Shirlington Employment & Education Center (SEEC), an organization that oversees the hiring of day laborers at the SEEC Office and Pavilion. He also oversees ESL and vocational classes, clothing drives and referral services that are offered to the day laborers on a crisis basis.

From 1996-2001, Mr. Tobar served as Executive Director and CEO of the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP), a Washington DC-based nonprofit organization. NAHP represented over 150 Latino publications throughout the U.S. with a combined circulation of over 10 million. During his tenure, he incorporated a foundation for the organization, coordinated six annual conventions, three Washington media summits and numerous meetings with the Board of Directors, in addition to annually raising $200-$250 hundred thousand dollars annually in revenues. During his tenure at NAHP, he worked with Kirk Whisler to publish several editions of The National Hispanic Scholarship Directory.

From 1972-2006, Mr. Tobar was a federal employee, which included working for the U.S. Department of Education, administrating several programs in the Office of Postsecondary Education in Washington, DC, until his retirement in 1996. During his tenure, Mr. Tobar was an administrator for the TRIO Programs that included Upward Bound, Talent Search and Special Services, serving minority and low-income youth to prepare for, enter and graduate from college. In the final years prior to his retirement, he administered programs in the Division of Institutional Development, which provided grants to Historically Black Colleges & Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions and mainstream colleges and universities for academic and institutional improvement.

Mr. Tobar was born in 1945 in Edinburg, Texas. He is a first generation American with a Mexican heritage. He received a B.A. with a major in Spanish and a minor in Political Science from California State University, Fresno in 1969. He received an M.A. degree in Social Science with emphasis in education from California State University, Sacramento in 1973.

Mr. Tobar has served in the following Boards, organizations and community activities:

  • 2005-20014 South Arlington Kiwanis Member, five years serving as President
  • 2012-2014 National Latino and American Indian Scholarship Directory, Co-Publisher
  • 2005-2007 South Arlington Kiwanis, currently President
  • 2006-2007 Arlington Food Assistance Center, Board Member
  • 2000-2004 Shirlington Employment & Education Center, Executive Committee
  • 2009-2014 Arlington County Crime Solvers, President
  • 2007 Fellow, LEAD Virginia, a statewide leadership program sponsored by VA Chamber of Commerce
  • 2000-2004 Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) Steering Committee
  • 1994-2003 Virginia League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) State Director, Deputy State Director & LULAC Council 4605 President. Mr. Tobar is a past LULAC National Vice President (two years 1990-1992), National Chairman of the LULAC Education Committee (two years)
  • 2002-2003 Co-Chair: Immigrant Educational Rights Coalition: This coalition is challenging the Attorney General's Opinion and legislative initiatives to deny undocumented students access to VA. state colleges. 2002-Fellow-Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, University of Virginia
  • 2002-2003-Fellow-Leadership Arlington
  • 1995-2000 Co-Chairman of the African American-Hispanic Coalition (5 yrs.): An organization in the Nauck community that sponsored activities promoting diversity for middle school students in Arlington

Andres Tobar