Ricardo Diaz currently serves as Executive Director for the United Community Center, a comprehensive social service agency serving Milwaukee area Latinos. The United Community Center is the 17th largest Hispanic Non-profit in the country. Mr. Diaz has more than 30 years of non-profit management experience. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a strong commitment to education as well as to neighborhood and economic development via leadership and technical assistance to Milwaukee area agencies. Mr. Diaz previously served as Milwaukee Commissioner of City Development and the Executive Director of the Milwaukee Housing Authority.
Mr. Diaz previously served as Executive Director at the United Community Center from 1984-88 – although he remained on its Board of Directors. Having attended the center as a young adult, Mr. Diaz was excited to “return home” again in 2003. He has become widely recognized as a leading quality education advocate in Milwaukee, sharing with many his firm belief that education is the path out of poverty and critical to the growth of our city. He serves on the board for Milwaukee Charter School Advocates, the Alverno College Board of Trustees, and the Green Bay Packers.
Under Mr. Diaz’s leadership, the United Community Center has undergone a number of expansions in the last 10 years including a Latino Geriatric Center to serve elderly with Alzheimer’s disease, a new elderly housing complex and senior center in conjunction with the Housing Authority of Milwaukee, and several additions and renovations of the Bruce Guadalupe Community School (including elementary science labs, an early childhood center, and new classrooms in the Middle School). UCC is now engaging in an $8 million capital campaign to expand the school, and ultimately to increase enrollment by 600 students (bringing total enrollment to almost 1600).
Mr. Diaz lives in the City of Milwaukee with his wife and has one adult daughter who works in Chicago.