(June 25, 2015, Atlanta, Ga.) — Jeffrey Tapia, executive director of the Latin American Association (LAA), announced today that Aníbal Torres will be serving as interim executive director of the organization effective July 6, 2015.

Torres, who is currently chair of the LAA board of directors, will step down as chair to serve as interim executive director until a new executive director is named in the next few months. Chair-elect Bob Jimenez will step in as chair of the board while Torres serves as the nonprofit’s interim executive director.

Earlier this year, Tapia announced she would be retiring this summer after serving the LAA in various leadership positions for 14 years.

Torres, a former publisher of MundoHispánico, has served on the LAA’s board since 2009.

“Aníbal has been deeply involved in the issues that affect Georgia’s Latino community for years,” Tapia said. “He is passionate about the work of the Latin American Association and its mission. He is a strong advocate for our community and has long sought to increase Latino voter turnout and civic engagement.”

“I have no doubt that Aníbal will do a great job guiding the LAA through this transition as the board finds a successor who can take the LAA to the next level.”

The board’s search committee continues to work on finding Tapia’s replacement.

The Latin American Association is the largest and oldest organization serving the needs of metro Atlanta’s Latino community. It was founded in 1972.