Born in La Habana, Cuba, Ana came to the United States during Castro’s regime. She was separated from her parents and grandparents at an early age. After giving up their home, personal possessions, retail businesses, restaurant and a resort hotel in Varadero to the Cuban government her father, mother and grandfather were able to leave Cuba. “The loss of all possessions was a sacrifice my parents had to make in exchange for their freedom and being reunited with the family,” said Ana.
Making a home in upstate New York was not an easy road for the family, as we had to face challenging obstacles, adapt to new surroundings, a different language and cold winter months. Raised by parents of both Chinese and Spanish ethnicity, Ana is very proud of her diversity and cultural background. She earned her Bachelors of Arts from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
Her professional career spans more than 30 years in the field of Customer Service. Ana’s diverse professional background includes teaching English, adult basic education courses such as Skills Qualification training to the military in Fulda, Germany as well as working with children with disabilities and teaching Spanish at Killeen High School, Texas. With 14 years experience in Community Development program management, Ana previously managed the Earn it Keep it Save it Collaborative comprised of 84 coalition partners, both business and non-profit organizations, focusing on financial stability for employees and families through free tax preparation by IRS trained and certified volunteers. Ana is passionate about Financial Stability, the key to a sound future. As a Financial Stability manager at United Way of Southern Nevada, she assisted families so their children could remain in the same school, giving them the best opportunities for academic success such as providing resources, financial literacy classes to children, enabling employees and parents to become self sufficient and provide stability in the home.
Known for her leadership on the boards of the American Society for Training and Development, BEST Coalition, March of Dimes, volunteer services with Hispanic organizations and President of the Active Republican Women of Las Vegas 2011-2012.
She currently serves on the board of the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce. Her responsibilities include Chairwoman of the Chinese New Year Gala and Achievement Awards 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019; Chairwoman of the Government Affairs Committee, member of the ACC PAC , civic involvement in citizenship and Get Out the Vote. With the integral values of respect, honesty and integrity deeply instilled by her parents, Ana is committed to working hand in hand with community leaders to improve the southern Nevada community.