About

About US

 

 

01. Strategic

Work to set direction, solve problems, build consensus, and create collaborations.  She is diligent, committed to excellence and organizational success, and thrives in complex, fast-moving environments.

02. Passionate

Veronica interests in at-risk programs and minority advancement stem from her upbringing where she was raised by a disabled single-parent, immigrant home and witnessed first hand the impact of gangs on families and communities.

03. Committed

Committed to investing in helping society reimagine how to design thoughtful programming and reentry services so youth and adults can successfully transition back into their communities, and thrive. 

Verónica Vargas

Verónica Vargas is the principal of Vargas Strategic Consulting, LLC. She is a focused leader with over 20 years of experience developing and executing crime prevention and intervention, re-entry, and therapeutic programming for national and international delegations, agencies, and individuals, as well as domestic and international settings, including with USAID. Verónica’s passion and dedication have led her to a life-long career of serving, addressing, and enriching the lives of disconnected youth, marginalized communities, and underrepresented populations.

Experience

Annie E. Casey Foundation

Provide general consultation, content expertise, strategy development, and implementation planning to the Juvenile Justice Strategy Group’s Ending the Youth Prison Model.  Veronica works directly with Juvenile Court Judges, Probation Departments, and Administrators to encourage investment in effective community interventions as an alternative to state correctional confinement.

Homeboy Industries

Served in multiple capacities over ten years, including Interim Director of Development, Interim Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, and Director of External Affairs. Provided direction to the Founder and Executive Team on issues critical to the organization’s growth, including research, trends, and policy advocacy. She also functioned as the liaison to state and city government, and the community, and participated on numerous advisory boards and initiatives to provide guidance on gang intervention, re-entry, and Homeboy Industries’ comprehensive therapeutic model of crime and violence intervention. The Homeboy Global Network was developed under her leadership.

“Veronica’s experience in the field is what makes her technical assistance so precise and effective. Her commitment and dedication to youth justice and marginalized populations is unwavering, and comes from a deep lived experience which drives her passion for this work.”

Fr. Greg Boyle, Founder, Homeboy Industries

 

Work Style

Verónica believes in the importance of buy-in from the top down, and the bottom up, and always invests the time to sensitively address and bridge any gaps relating to communication or team dynamics. Her bilingual abilities and cross-cultural skills allow her to connect with hard to reach populations, that open up new oportunities. 

WORK
HARD
BE
KIND
STAY
HUMBLE

Work Style

Verónica believes in the importance of buy-in from the top down, and the bottom up, and always invests the time to sensitively address and bridge any gaps relating to communication or team dynamics. Her bilingual abilities and cross-cultural skills allow her to connect with hard to reach populations, that open up new oportunities. 

WORK
HARD

BE
KIND

STAY
HUMBLE

“Veronica’s reentry expertise, strategy development style, and thoughtful program design
have had a national impact on helping systems reimagine how to better serve
system-impacted youth and adults so they can heal and thrive.”

By Tanya Washington, Senior Associate, Juvenile Justice Strategy Group, Annie E. Casey
Foundation

 

Contact