Meet the Team: Ada Moreno
Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
Ada Moreno, Program and Administrative Assistant
Ada Moreno works as the Program and Administrative Assistant for Casa de Esperanza. Originally from San Salvador, El Salvador Ada moved to Duluth, Minnesota in 2012 to pursue undergraduate studies in History and Global, Cultural, and Language Studies. Passionate about progressive politics, prior to this position she worked as a Canvasser for the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party. She traveled around Greater Minnesota identifying and persuading voters to elect democratic candidates. Her interest in Children and Environmental Issues introduced her to nonprofit work when she interned for Earth Day Network and Safe Haven. In the future she intends to pursue a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Studies as she is passionate about working towards the sustainable intersection of the natural environment and built spaces.
Ada’s main responsibility is the administrative and project support for Casa de Esperanza.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in San Salvador, El Salvador. I lived 4 years in Duluth, Minnesota pursuing my undergraduate studies and recently moved to Minneapolis after graduating.
Where do you feel most at home?
Wherever my sisters and my mom are will always feel like home to me. I have been fortunate enough to create connections and become part of communities that have made me feel at home in the United States, but El Salvador will always hold a special place in my heart. Whenever I hear someone speak Spanish, enjoy a particularly sunny day, or I am eating Latin American food, El Salvador always comes to mind.
What inspires you, professionally and personally?
I am inspired by people who are passionate about what they do, and excel at their work with kindness, motivation, and perseverance. The acquisition of knowledge for the betterment of oneself, the communities around us and the world we live in motivates me on a daily basis. Knowing that there are countless concepts, human experiences, and fields of study I can learn from and about, inspires me to never stop learning and to continue challenging my perspectives.
Who inspires you?
My mom inspires me the most. Not only is she the kindest, most loving human being I know but she is both equally fearless and strong. To me, she is the embodiment of love.
What do you do to relax, de-stress or recharge your batteries?
Whenever I’m stressed working out relaxes me the most. There are few things in life that give me as much joy as watching movies or listening to music, so whenever I have the chance I am doing one or the other.
Why have you chosen to do this kind of work?
I have constantly looked for positions and organizations where I can make an impact. Whether it is working to get candidates with progressive platforms elected, for the environment, or supporting work that aims to reduce domestic violence in Latin communities, I am always searching for work with meaning. In the future, I hope to use my knowledge and experience to amplify the voices of historically marginalized individuals, help reduce disparities, and make cities in developing nations more equitable, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable.
What is your favorite food?
I will probably love anything that has cheese in it. Latin American, Mediterranean, and Indian cuisine are among my favorite.
What is your favorite book?
For quite some time now my favorite book has been The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. But throughout different stages in my life books like Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Stephen King’s The Dark Tower Series, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and Carl Sagan’s Billions and Billions have left significant impressions on me.