1. Tell us about yourself.
Born and raised in El Paso, I have had the extraordinary opportunity to see our city thrive, change, and grow. As a collegian, I seized every opportunity to give back to the city through the philanthropic endeavors of the student organizations I was a part of. After graduating from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Science, my first “real” job took me to the wild and wonderful state of West Virginia. My time there allowed me to have a new found appreciation for the city that raised me and gain invaluable experience. Eager to return, my professional journey allowed me to come back to the Sun City, where I worked in higher education at both UTEP and NMSU. I plan to finish my Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies as a Miner this December, where I am merging my knowledge of the private sector with the public sector so that I can be an asset to the El Paso community. When I am not at work, I can be found spending time with my husband, my family, and our two expressive dogs, Tango and Echo.
2. Give us a description of what you do for United Way.
As the Fund Development Associate, I get the unique opportunity to cultivate and enhance our corporate and personal giving efforts. I am also charged with developing and maintaining community partnerships. My duties also entail planning, promoting and executing volunteer opportunities for our many partners. I like to describe my position as the magic behind the curtain. Without our department’s efforts, we would not get the financial support for the programs we spearhead nor would we be able to support the numerous nonprofits within the El Paso community who rely on our funding. Working collaboratively with the rest of the United Way team, my responsibilities help unite and mobilize El Paso around our mission and our priorities.
3. Why is this work so important to our community?
The United Way has a hand in the betterment of the El Paso community in so many ways. Everyone here at the UWEPC is committed to our community and making it a better place for us all. There are so many opportunities to give back, to learn, and contribute to our efforts so that El Paso will continue to thrive as a community. The work we do here is truly inspiring and shows how we all can make impactful, lasting change in the Sun City.
4. What is the most surprising thing you have learned about the community and yourself in your time at United Way?
Definitely the amount of need our community has. It is so easy to ignore a story on the news or overlook someone asking for a few dollars as you walk past them on the street, but speaking with the nonprofit organizations in our different priority areas puts so much of that need into perspective. The best thing is that through the United Way, we are making a big difference that is visible. It is truly amazing to witness and be a part of that impactful change in our community.
5. Share a quote that motivates you as a person and as a member of the United Way team.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. - Ralph Waldo Emerson