Juan Santacoloma

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Juan was born in Manizales, in central Colombia. In 1990, he moved to Bogota, the capital where he lived until he came to the United States in May 2000 when he was forced to leave Colombia due to threats from FARC (the revolutionary forces). Juan began working for Chesterfield County in October 2001 under the work experience program for eight months. In 2002, he was working as a public affairs specialist. In July 2005, he was promoted as Chesterfield County Hispanic Liaison and in July 1, 2010 as Chesterfield County Multicultural liaison.

In 2007, Juan was selected as the Chesterfield County Public Affairs Employee of the Year.

Juan also has won twelve National Association of County Information Officers awards, NACIO for different media articles, a local television show, and special projects. Juan has been the judge for the Spanish NACIO entries in two opportunities.

In 2014, appointed to be part of the Governor’s Mc’Auliffe Task Force on Prescription Drugs and Heroin Abuse.

Chairman of SAFE (Substance Abuse Free Environment) Central Virginia Latino Coalition, a non-profit substance abuse prevention group with over 40 partners, designated to educate throughout mass media campaigns, neighborhood presentations and environmental changes.

Winner of 2013 Sharyl W. Adams Award, SAFE’s most notable award recognizing “exemplary contribution to community engagement for the prevention of substance abuse.”

Coordinator of El Juguetazo for 10 years. An annual event reaching more than 4,500 Latinos and other immigrants to handle out new and unwrapped toys to every child who attends the event.

Studies in different fields all of them related, such as Technical Degree in Professional Announcing for Radio and Television, Arco Academy, Bogotá, Colombia, Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications and Journalism, Central University, Bogotá, Colombia, Marketing and Publicity, Technological University (UNITEC) Bogota, Colombia and others.

Married with Martha, a former family support worker in Families First in Chesterfield County and recently moved for a state position with VCU working as OB Coordinator for CrossOver Ministries. 

Two daughters, Maria 21 and Vanessa 20 who are attending different Virginia universities.