Felicita has lived in Washington County since she was five.
She attended McKinley Elementary School, Holy Trinity and then St. Mary’s Academy. She then ventured to the University of San Francisco where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in hospitality management – she is always one to mix it up!
After college Felicita worked in the Development Department at Albertina Kerr, which partners with the community to support people with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges to lead self determined lives and realize their full potential. She worked her way up from Development Associate to Events Manager. While there she managed large-scale events, including a half marathon with over 4,000 registrants.
Felicita joined Vision Action Network (VAN) in 2013 with a desire to contribute more directly with her community. She flourished as the organization’s Coordinator and connects strongly to the values of collaboration, dialogue and equity. During her tenure she greatly increased the programming and attendance of the Washington County Nonprofit Network (a capacity-building project of VAN), which provided training and networking opportunities for nonprofits that serve the county.
Currently Felicita works at Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation (VG) as the Policy and Advocacy Officer. In this role, she is tasked with embedding advocacy and racial equity across the organization; no easy feat considering that there are 600+ staff across 17 sites. Within just a few months she secured VG’s silver-level status through the National Advocacy Center of Excellence (VG is the only clinic in Oregon with this distinction). She is also currently recruiting for VG’s first internal civic leadership program, a program she designed (RISE: Reach. Inspire. Support. Engage.) and for which she secured funding. This position also supports the critical work of the VG equity committee as this cross-departmental team works to address racial disparities. She enthusiastically applies an equity lens to decision making at the organization and was recently selected to take part in Oregon Health Authority’s exclusive DELTA program for equity leaders. Although her time at VG has been short, she is already creating positive change throughout the agency.
Over the last several years Felicita has enjoyed the opportunity to more deeply engage in her community. After identifying a need around Latino Networking for Washington County residents she formed the “Latino Social Hour + Learning Component” group which meets quarterly to network, discuss social justice issues and share resources.
She also serves on the Hillsboro Library Board, whose innovation has been commended around the country. She has greatly enjoyed learning more about this critical community resource and being an ambassador for their amazing work.
In her spare time she loves to tango and travel and can typically be found planning a party.