Name: Angela Rosas
What is your title:
Director at Mercury Public Affairs and Founder & CEO at Chicas Latinas de Sacramento.
What do you do:
As a Director at Mercury Public Affairs I work primarily on The California Endowment’s #Health4All statewide media efforts. Additionally, I am the founder and CEO of a local nonprofit organization, Chicas Latinas de Sacramento, a 501©3 Latina volunteer cultivation nonprofit that is set to celebrate 7 Years of serving the Sacramento community in the spring of 2016.
I also serve on the board of directors for Festival de la Familia, am a member of Cien Amigos, and volunteer for a variety of nonprofit organizations.
What are you passionate about:
I am passionate about being an asset to my people and community. A bit further, I’m passionate about being an inspiration to those who have a strong passion or purpose, but have yet to discover their voice or outlet. I hope my journey conveys the message that leadership IS accessible to all.
What is the best career advice you’ve received?
“Closed mouths don’t get fed.” This is one of those well-known sayings that (for me) has been easier said than done, and is something I constantly have to remind myself of. I’ve never been one to speak up, to ask, or to demand, but it is absolutely necessary to do so. I still have these “who am I to ask, I should be grateful for what I have,” moments. While I am absolutely grateful, I am also someone who represents my community, if I don’t ask — who will? It is my responsibility to use my voice and ask for my community, no matter how uncomfortable it might be. The saying also applies to personal well-being, I’ve had to learn to value and be an advocate for myself.
What is some career advice you would give?
Accept challenges and get comfortable being uncomfortable — this is where you’ll learn and discover personal capabilities, and weaknesses. Additionally, I’d like to stress that TIME is your most valuable asset, protect it as such. Invest your time in areas and directions that are meaningful to you and your journey, learn to say no to things that are not.
What do you want people to remember you by?
This is a hard one to answer. I can’t necessarily say that I want people to remember me, but I can see myself being remembered as a role-model — and I hope I have been one to someone out there.
What do you love about being a Latina?
Aside from the beautiful and delicious cultural perks and family traditions and histories, what I truly love is the challenge being Latina brings (see biggest obstacles). I also love the company I’m in, I have never met a Latina who wasn’t up for a good challenge.
I’ve said it before that Latinas are magicians; no matter what set of cards they are handed, they will create magic. And I believe this.
What do you think are the biggest obstacles Latinas face and how can they overcome those?
Being a Mexican-American woman is (itself) a triple obstacle. First, I’m female. Second, I’m Mexican-American. Third, I’m a Mexican-American woman = Latina. Every identifier comes with it’s own set of stereotypes and obstacles, and obstacles can snowball depending on your generation, age, language, and geographic location.
My biggest obstacle has been defining my own identity and journey, outside of expectations or perceptions. Admittedly, being Latina has influenced me and my perceptions, but it in no way defines who I am or can be. In my younger years I felt very restricted by my narrow-perception of what it meant to be Latina and I had to make a conscious decision to step outside of these invisible (yet very real) limitations that I essentially placed on myself. Stepping outside of my identifying “comfort-zone” was just as terrifying as it was freeing — I no longer had a blueprint for “who I was supposed to be,” nor did I fit in very well, but instead I accomplished more than I could’ve ever imagined and in a very genuine way.
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