1. Tell us about yourself.
I’m a native El Pasoan and I hold a degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Texas A&M University. I started my career as an intern with State Senator Eliot Shapleigh working on the creation of the Bowie High School Jardin project. From there, I went on to work as an Americorps VISTA for the Texas Hunger Initiative. I later served as the Community Engagement Coordinator for United Way of El Paso County and most recently the Bond Outreach Coordinator for EPISD. During my spare time, I enjoy cooking and all cooking-related shows, being outdoors and hanging out with my dog Peanut.
2. Give us a description of what you do for United Way.
As the Assistant Director for Community Impact, my role includes overseeing United Way’s AmeriCorps VISTA program, the allocations of the Community Impact Fund, the El Paso Community Assistance Fund and the Financial Stability Collaborative.
3. Why is this work so important to our community?
The work that United Way does is important to our community because we continue to grow and change our efforts along with El Paso’s needs. The United Way ensures that the work that we do is still the work that is vital to this community and continues to support other non-profits in El Paso in their endeavor to help our community thrive.
4. What is the most surprising thing you have learned about the community and yourself in your time at United Way?
One thing I have learned in my time at United Way is how many organizations and people are out there in the community wanting to give back and support El Pasoans.
5. Share a quote that motivates you as a person and as a member of the United Way team.
“Just keep swimming.” – Finding Nemo