Heriberto Flores – uAspire First One Springfield

By: Chris Loney | Thursday, March 1, 2012

Heriberto Flores

Executive Director, New England Farmworkers Council

An effective leader possesses qualities that make those around him have respect, loyalty, and dedication.  He inspires others to listen because he is persuasive and knowledgeable and they realize that he has their best interest at heart. Heriberto Flores, Chairman/President/Executive Director of the New England Farm Workers’ Council, is an example of a strong leader in the community and someone that I greatly admire.

Mr. Flores, or Herbie as he prefers to be called, is a very influential person in the community because he wants to afford everyone the opportunity to be educated, grow economically, and contribute to the growth of their communities.  He does this not only through the programs his organization, the New England Farm Workers’ Council provides, but through tirelessly advocating for the rights of citizens in his community.

After completing a tour of duty in Vietnam, Herbie completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Massachusetts -Amherst.  He then became part of a team that was instrumental in putting together the idea of a community organization that would provide quality services to seasonal and migrant farm workers. Herbie advocated for education and health services for these workers and soon was able to start the New England Farm Workers’ Council. He went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has been awarded Doctor of Public Service degrees by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Westfield State University.

Herbie quickly realized that there were others in the community that needed a helping hand to achieve a better quality of life and had firsthand knowledge that education was the key.  It wasn’t long thereafter that the New England Farm Workers’ Council started to grow and today, together with Corporation for Justice Management, Corporation for Public Management, and Partners for Community (which he also serves as Chairman/President/CEO), is an operation managing over $60 million with more than 250 staff providing needed services in communities throughout New England and Puerto Rico.

Herbie has high expectations of his staff and will not tolerate employees that are insensitive and arrogant.  He meets regularly with his staff and has motivational conversations that make staff want to work even harder.  This means he knows his staff by name and looks for leaders within the organization and encourages them to move forward in positions of leadership and provides the necessary support and training for these positions.

Mr. Flores is an effective leader who has earned the respect of many in the community.  He does not look for glory but instead is determined to provide the assistance his community needs.  He is tenacious, has chosen a strong team to lead his employees, respects his staff and community, and most importantly, is responsible.  Herbie is an effective and strong community leader who leads by example and has the ability, education, and skills to inspire others to make the necessary changes to improve future outcomes.