WHY Angela’s tireless efforts in the community never cease to amaze me. She spends her holidays helping the homeless and organizes and participates in numerous charity and volunteer events. She’s simply one of the best and most inspiring women I’ve the pleasure of knowing.
BETCHA’ DIDN’T KNOW:
–3 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE SACRAMENTO? Beauty, community and potential.
–FAVE LOCAL CAUSE? I’ve worked closely with Weave Inc. since 2007 – serving as a Speakers Bureau Representative. Both domestic violence and sexual assault have touched my life in someway and it is important to me to assist in prevention and education. I especially enjoy working with the youth and being a source of education, information, and safety. It is amazing how little is known and how much is normalized when it comes to these issues.
And then there is my own 501©3 Nonprofit, Chicas Latinas de Sacramento, which I founded after being inspired by Weave Inc. Chicas Latinas originally sought to encourage Latina volunteerism for the organizations which serve our population… but it has since grown into much more!
–WHICH SACRAMENTO WOMAN INSPIRES YOU? Honestly can’t pick just one. I have met many wonderful women who started their own nonprofits, built their own businesses, and are great political leaders and advocates. Sacramento is full of impressive and inspiring women!
–WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE IN SACRAMENTO IN 5 YEARS? I want to see our families and our schools supported, and I want to see more individuals who want that.
–FAVORITE SACRAMENTO “GUILTY PLEASURE”? Old Ironsides. There’s something about being able to show up in my gym clothes, know I’m going to get a good seat at the bar, and be able to watch a game (in peace), that I just love. It’s my Cheers and they know my poison.
–IF I WASN’T IN MY CURRENT CAREER… Think it’s safe to assume I’d be an artist of some kind. I really enjoy writing, learning instruments, painting, and dancing. I’m sure one of those would’ve caught my attention, but I’d probably end up using it in some kind of social activism way.
–LADY MENTOR GROWING UP? I come from a family of strong women. Women who were dealt some tough cards, never folded, but instead learned card tricks, and taught me that I too can be a magician. My mother is a great example of this, but then again so are my grandmothers.
–BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED? “’Un paso y un día a la vez.” – One step and one day at a time. These words came at a time when I was building and overwhelmed. I knew the direction I was going in, but it was an intimidating one. These words taught me to succeed slowly. Every new day, every small check-list item was an accomplishment. Eventually, those little days and steps turned into a 501(c)3.
–ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO A SACRAMENTO WOMAN IN HER 20’S? You have total control – of your today, your tomorrow, your happiness, who and what you let into your life, and where you invest your time, energy, heart, and passion. Each new day is a blank canvas, you have the freedom and responsibility to make it true to you.
(Photo credit: Julia Marin Photography)