Tell us a little bit about yourself? How do you identify as a Latino/a/x and what does that mean to you?
I was born and raised in Chile. Our family moved to the United States when I was 16. I was the only latine in my high school at that time and began to learn how to navigate education, work, language and social realities as an immigrant that helped shape a journey that drew me both to building relationships with other international students and co-workers with shared and varied experiences, and to the rich diversity of latines in the US. I dream and feel compelled to serve latines in any way to advance on the road to power and influence wherever they live and work. Whether it’s the road to the White House or the road to top civic, commercial, trade, educational leadership, it’s important that our community supports our community to rise, serve, and bring each other along!
What inspired you to the work that you do Public Engagement and Communications at New Publica?
I’m proud to work in a Latine-founded and owned Communications, Public Relations and Community Engagement company where our team consults for and implements city, county, state, non-profits, foundations and private firms the effective connection with multicultural members of the Minnesota community. Our goal is to engage communities so that current and future public projects include the ears, voices, opinions and participation of all.
Why did you want to serve on the board? Why would you encourage others to serve on the board?
I serve on the board to join LatinoLEAD’s mission: We are Latinx leaders across all sectors who join together to create innovative strategies to drive and define policies and perceptions that advance Latino collective influence, success and power. Board members collectively help guide our organization in carrying out the mission, and we support the Executive Director in overall strategy and vision. Our board is active and engaged and we’re like a family, a family that serves to power-up our community in Minnesota.
Why do you think the work of LatinoLEAD is important for our community now?
The present is our future so now and always is the time to advance the multi-sector, multi-generational influence and power of latines in our state. Enhancing leadership and leaders, increasing civic participation and education, building on partnerships, networking and community-building are some key areas we’re drives LatinoLEAD. Help us LEAD even more!
Anything else you'd like to share?
Besides spending time with 3 growing kids, I enjoy soccer, travel, films and new foods.