I was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and came to the U.S. after being adopted. The East Bay (Pleasant Hill, Castro Valley and Martinez) has been my home since 1994.
As Community Associate Director at Mission Housing, I enjoy working with residents, staff and Mission District stakeholders to create a supportive community at Valencia Gardens. My focus is to bring programs that will enrich the lives of our residents while building relationships and connections within and around Valencia Gardens.
My job includes coordinating use of the Valencia Gardens community room, and screen community partners to give presentations or workshops for our residents. I interview interns and volunteers who assist with our Resident Services programming. In the case management part of my job, I meet with residents to discuss their concerns, and find solutions to issues they face.
I am thrilled to rejoin the Mission Housing team! I was once here for four years, working at the senior housing sites as a Resident Services Coordinator, and eventually Resident Services Program Manager. Most recently, I was a case manager and an activities director for Mercy Housing. It was fulfilling, but on a smaller scale than my work now, at Valencia Gardens. Here, I work with more people to make an impact on our community. Today’s Mission Housing aligns much better with my values. And, working in the Mission again is very stimulating, because there is so much history and culture here. I love that public transportation is so close, and that so much great food is within walking distance!
When I’m away from work, I love watching movies, hiking, cooking and spending time with family and friends.