Exciting News – Visionary Leader Appointed as CEO!

Adriana De La Rosa, a visionary leader with a solid track record in nonprofit management, will serve as the new CEO for Delhi Center. De La Rosa will oversee Delhi Center’s operations and lead the organization in advancing its mission. Cristina Arellano-Dueñas, Chair of the Delhi Center’s Board of Directors, today announced De La Rosa’s selection after a three-month search conducted by a committee that included Delhi Center staff, board members and former CEO Armando de la Libertad. The board’s vote was unanimous.

De La Libertad said, “After an extensive search and rigorous interview process, I’m ecstatic the Delhi Center team identified Adriana and secured her commitment to serve as CEO. Her credentials are impeccable, her track record is proven and her passion is unquestionable. Under her leadership, Delhi Center will thrive.”

With extensive experience in the nonprofit community, De La Rosa most recently served as Executive Director for South Central Los Angeles Ministry Project, Inc. (LAMP)– a nonprofit that serves low-income families with educational programs encompassing quality early childhood education, parenting, English as a Second Language (ESL), literacy and access to community resources.  At South Central LAMP, De La Rosa led the organization through a critical period of growth from a $600,000 budget to one of over $1.2 million, creating new infrastructure through various capacity-building projects, including licensing its preschool through a partnership with Los Angeles Universal Preschool and First 5 LA.

“The Board is confident that Adriana’s experience and leadership will propel the Delhi Center to the next level,” Arellano-Dueñas said, “She is a Santa Ana resident and leader with an extensive background in advocacy. She understands the needs of our community and how to take action to address those needs.”

De La Rosa said, “I am honored, blessed, and delighted to accept this position with the Delhi Center, an organization with a rich history and impactful programs that provide much-needed services.  As someone who is deeply passionate about education, I look forward to finding new and strategic approaches to strengthening the families and community served by Delhi Center. I am excited to join the Board, staff, ambassadors and community partners in continuing the Delhi Center’s legacy of excellence in program quality and exemplary service delivery. I look forward to contributing to the continued success of the center in the years ahead.”

As an active member in the community, De La Rosa has a long-standing history of volunteering with various organizations in the areas of community education, ESL programs, domestic violence prevention, gang prevention and ministry.  She has also participated in various committees and provided pro-bono legal services.

De La Rosa holds a Juris Doctor degree from Washington College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Princeton University.  She resides in Santa Ana with her husband, Zetulio Jimenez, and daughter, Valentina.

For any questions, please contact

Board President,
Cristina Arellano-Dueñas at carellano@coastline.edu


About the Delhi Center

Our Vision FrontSign

Our vision is to be a model for service delivery and leadership development.

Our Mission

Our mission is to advance self-sufficiency through sustainable programs in health, financial stability, education, and community engagement.

Our Values

Innovation.  Collaboration.  Service. Integrity.

Our History

The history of the Delhi neighborhood can be traced back to the 1860’s when two McFadden brothers, originally from Delhi, New York, purchased land and named it Delhi.

In 1969, the Delhi Center was incorporated as a non profit organization by local residents, a nearby church, city officials and the Junior League of Orange County. The organization was established as a referral source for the largely Mexican and Mexican American farmworker community residing in Santa Ana. For more than 25 years, the organization was located within two marine barracks.

In 2001, center leaders achieved a historic milestone and constructed the largest community center of its kind in Santa Ana. With the support of elected officials, community residents, and private sponsors, the Delhi Center opened its doors on December 17, 2001.

The Delhi Center continues to serve as a gathering place for local residents and organizations from throughout Orange County.  It serves as an investment vehicle for those wishing to impact the lives of our most challenged neighbors.  Programs and activities are organized into four areas:  Health, Financial Stability, Education, and Community Engagement.

Annually, the center welcomes over 42,000 individuals through its doors for various programs, services, trainings and events. Its history, perseverance, and impact is a testament to the work ethic of those it serves and the hope that defines its legacy.


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