Why work in workforce development?
It’s exciting to see how workforce development is connected to every aspect of our daily lives. From the water we drink, to the food we put on our tables and to the energy we use to power our homes, there is training, education and employment involved all the way around. It brings joy to my heart to have the opportunity to create, design, collaborate and implement changes that can improve the lives of our job seekers, their families and our business community. I am motivated about the opportunities that workforce can bring and the solutions to the challenges that our region faces.
What's one thing you really love about living in San Diego?
One of my fondest memories that I have as a young kid living in Tijuana was crossing the border to San Diego and hopping on the Blue Line Trolley; it was such a great experience! San Diego is so interconnected to Tijuana in more ways that we can imagine. So, it’s hard for me to describe San Diego without its connection to Tijuana. I love how dynamic and diverse our San Diego-Tijuana community is. For example, from our local economy, environment, housing, workforce and business sectors, we truly depend on each other. I love this community because it’s constantly changing–while being aware of its challenges–it is always adding a diverse workforce, welcoming new residents and improving the quality of life if its people.
Outside of work, how are you involved in the San Diego community?
Outside of work, I stay active across UCSD and USD alumni networks, and most recently, LinkedIn’s learning platforms. I am a life-long learner and it’s refreshing to learn about what other leaders are doing across the San Diego community. Whenever I am not volunteering or mentoring, I like to exercise, hike, read, visit my family south of the border and spend time at home with my life-partner Oscar, our two cats and our 50-pound Sulcata tortoise named Kimchi.