1) Please explain what you do for living.
I am an access and equity advocate and the First Lady of Braddock. I am the founder of Freestore 15104 and co-founder of 412 Food Rescue and For Good PGH. The Freestore works to eradicate food, clothing, diaper etc. insecurity. It is sustainable, volunteer-run and serves close to 1,600 families a month. 412 Food Rescue works to end food waste and food insecurity by redirecting fresh, healthy food to those in need.
2) How important in your identity is being Latino?
Being Latina inspires my work and how I show up for the world, every single day. I want other latinos everywhere to be proud to have me be a member of this very special club.
3) Is there something that you particularly value of your nationality or being Latino?
I love that Brazilians are known around the world for their warmth and love of life. We also have this unshakeable belief that there is a way around everything, the famous "jeitinho".
4) Have you been treated differently because of being Latino (in the workplace, in public
settings…etc.)? If so, can you describe a situation?
I have three young children who take after their (Caucasian/American) father. I am often mistaken for their nanny or au pair. I get asked if I am taking any more children into my "roster" or what agency I am affiliated with.