1. Tell us about yourself.
I’m a native El Pasoan and graduated Canutillo High School and from New Mexico State University with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications and a double minor in Marketing and Advertising. After I graduated from NMSU, I became the Government Relations Coordinator at the El Paso Chamber (formerly the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce) in 2016. Technically, I’m not totally new to the United Way, as I interned here four years ago; however, I’m honoured and blessed to be back at the United Way as the REALIZE Board Training Program Coordinator!
I love going to movies (Marvel movies are a must), traveling, or just out and about, usually with my sister. Also, I’m an Anglophile, so don’t be surprised if I have anything Doctor Who or that I love the British Royal Family.
2. Give us a description of what you do for United Way.
I’m the Program Coordinator for the REALIZE Board Training program, which is in collaboration with the Paso del Norte Health Foundation. The program is focused on helping build board capacity, making nonprofit boards healthy and functional, as well as ensuring the success of nonprofit organizations that serve our communities. Through workshops, training and summits, the REALIZE Board Training is assuring all nonprofit board of directors are fully prepared to undertake their critical responsibilities.
3. Why is this work so important to our community?
The REALIZE Board Training Program is important to the community because it helps nonprofit organizations and their boards to become functional, ethical, and responsible in order for them to impact the community in a positive way. We want to help strengthen the nonprofit boards in our community and for them to have healthy governance practices that is the best interests of the organization. REALIZE is and will also be an important tool to help shape the next generation of young leaders in our community by helping them become well prepared board members and understand what their roles and fiduciary responsibilities will be.
4. What is the most surprising thing you have learned about the community and yourself in your time at United Way?
While I’ve been fortunate to work in two other nonprofits, the United Way has opened my eyes to all the other nonprofit organizations in our community and how we help support them to continue the good work in our community. I feel that I’m truly making a positive change and impact in my own community.
5. Share a quote that motivates you as a person and as a member of the United Way team.
“When Life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future” - HM Queen Elizabeth II