Rosa Isela Lopez Cienfuegos

As a community organizer at OCCORD, my passion lies in helping people become responsible residents within their community in the city of Anaheim. Helping people become informed and civically responsible has been part of my life since I lived in my hometown of Tepic, Nayarit, helping presidential campaigns and other volunteer work in local government in 1996. This experience taught me that people can bring about great change within their local government by getting involved via volunteer work. Years later, when I immigrated to the United States, I began working as a banquet server at the Disneyland Hotel (DLH). After years of working as a banquet server and growing tired of the injustices I would see in my workplace, I became involved with DLH’s labor union, Unite HERE! Local 11 and started volunteering as a committee member. Eventually, I joined Unite HERE! as an organizer and collected 6 years experience. Now, I am currently a community organizer for the non-profit organization OCCORD, where I have worked for the last 6 years. I have been lucky to use my years of experience and my relocation to Anaheim in 2013 to help my fellow residents improve their quality of living in their own hometown. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, traveling, and making new friends.