Neli Vazquez Rowland, Co-founder and President of A Safe Haven Foundation
Neli Vazquez Rowland is the President and co-founder of A Safe Haven Foundation. Is the pioneering architect of one of the most successful models dedicated to addressing and solving poverty and homelessness for people from all walks of life.She has a diverse background in finance, general contracting, social and economic development, along with extensive experience as a public servant, author and public speaker.
Neli is recognized as a trailblazer and innovative leader on topics of social, economic and real estate development; she shares her message on the world stage as a subject matter expert and is a highly sought-after speaker on poverty, homelessness, veterans, social business enterprise, social impact models and opportunity zones within academia, public/private sector and government agencies. She has been the recipient of the many honors and awards, e.g., White House Champions of Change, a Social Impact Award in Belgium by SHE a Latina Entrepreneurial Organization and Chicagoan of the Year by Chicago Magazine; her SBE landscaping company, A Safe Haven Landscaping, has been named the recipient of two gold awards by the Landscaping Contractors Association, in recognition for their work on Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive and her Real Estate Affordable Housing has won several Awards including the Good Neighbor Award Chicago Realtor Association and the American Institute of Architects for Best Design.
Neli Vazquez Rowland is celebrating 25 years of helping to transform over 120,000 lives from poverty to independence. She has dedicated her life to her vision and mission to build a model to help inspire and influence a paradigm shift in the way the world addresses and solves poverty by aligning and leveraging public and private partnerships. She believes that as we rise, we should lift up the lives of others in need and that together we will intentionally build a society that can lay the foundation to foster a scalable and sustainable system that is designed to make this a better world where all humanity is valued and can soar to achieve their God given potential.