Born in New York, Tony traveled to Bogota, Colombia where he lived with his parents until the age of 14. After returning to the U.S., he graduated from high school joined the United States Air Force at age 17. His military service shaped his perspective on the value of all individuals as well as the strength of teamwork. He also developed trade skills, and upon leaving the military started his own electrical contracting business. Through his work involving Spanish-speaking residents in a local adult soccer league, Tony was offered the opportunity to become the Executive Director of a non-profit in Merrill, Communidad Hispana, where he carried out the organization’s vision of empowering the local Hispanic Community. His work in helping individuals, families, and employers come out of the shadows, gain a voice, and receive recognition for their contributions led Tony to become a strong advocate for diversity, inclusion and community integration. During this time, he also founded an interpretation business called E.A.G. Interpreters which serves and builds awareness for the needs of the Spanish speakers in central Wisconsin. Most recently, Tony founded a new non-profit, the American-Hispanic Association (AHA), where he is actively advocating for under-represented Spanish-speaking communities and individuals. Tony has also been an active member of local groups set up to promote inclusion and safety in our city such as One Wausau and Wausau Metro Strong. Tony also serves as the Hispanic Community Coordinator for the Hmong and Hispanic Communication Network (H2N) Project, which provides health and resources to underserved communities. Tony has been recognized by both Republicans and Democrats for his selfless service and advocacy and has been instrumental in shaping bipartisan support for allowing the state to issue driver’s permits to undocumented immigrants.
Hispanic Community Coordinator