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Meet the Team: Norma Vicenta Amezcua

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Name:  Norma Vicenta Amezcua               

Title: Compliance/Grants Management Associate

Main responsibilities:

To ensure Casa de Esperanza’s (CDE) grant monitoring and compliance program is providing exceptional grant management and compliance in order to enhance and fully support the mission of CDE locally and on a national level.

Where are you from?

I am an army brat. I was born in Germany on a military base. My mom is Spanish, born and raised in Spain, in a little town. Her first language is Valenciano. My dad is Mexican, born in Mazatlan, Mexico, and immigrated to the U.S. when he was about 9 years of age. So, I am half Mexican and half Spanish.

Where do you feel most at home?

In terms of geographic location, it would be in San Diego, California. Emotionally, I feel most at home with my kids. That is when my heart is the most full.

What inspires you, professionally and personally?

Professionally – I am inspired when I see those I work with, whether clients or staff, grow whether it be in bay steps or leaps in bounds.  I feel working with clients or staff and seeing them grow is like planting a seed in the garden, watering, weeding or seeing the flower bloom. 

Personally – I am inspired when I see people take risks and do things they never tried such as traveling, zip lining, exposing them to other cultures or lifestyles. 

In terms of your work for the National Latin@ Network, what are your areas of expertise or what areas are particularly interesting to you?

The areas that are particularly interesting to me is how the local programs inform the national work and vice versa and how this information can be leveraged to strengthen the leadership at CdE and on the national level.

Share one thing you have learned, big or small, doing your work over the past year?

The smallest change or idea can have the biggest impact or outcome.

Who inspires you?

People that have almost no resources and yet find a way to stay positive and have hope for the future.

What do you do to relax, de-stress or recharge your batteries?

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Travel, spend time alone with myself, read, listen to music, sing, eat mangoes and dance!

I want to leave a legacy for my kids and family and I want to be part of a positive change in our world.

Why have you chosen to do this kind of work?

What is your favorite food?

Mangos and azado mazatleco

What is your favorite book?

Como Agua Para Chocolate

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