Growing up in Mexico, I remember my grandmother always being active in the community. She was extremely passionate about helping others and actively involved in politics. We were always at City Hall, rallies and neighborhood meetings. She also owned the neighborhood tienda, which happened to be next to our home and was known as the community hub for everyone who in the area. During my teens in the U.S, my parents made sure my main focus was education and encouraged me to make a difference in the community by volunteering at local nonprofits.
Even though, I’ve always been involved in my community, I never saw myself as a leader. At the end of 2016, I found myself going through a self discovery journey and while on it, I realized I wanted to be part of the solution. To empower others and together, build a more vibrant and stronger community.
Shortly after, I joined Latino Community Fund of Washington State as the organization’s labor standards coordinator. Instead of only providing businesses and workers with a presentation of ordinances and a workplace poster; I decided to empower them with other tools and resources. Through business and professional development workshops and outreach activities, I was able to fulfill our city contract requirement, while still providing quality support to our community. The well received approach inspired us to form our Economic Empowerment Initiative; which I am currently responsible for growing and overseeing.
Recently, I was given the opportunity to join the ALPFA Seattle Board of Directors as their new VP of Community Affairs and the Lean In Latinas Circle Leadership Team. In both teams, I am responsible for creating and nurturing community partnerships. My ultimate goal is to inspire others to get involved and see themselves as leaders.