Work has kept me pretty busy this summer (who am i kidding? this year...), and since I'm coming up on my one-year work anniversary, I decided to share a few snapshots of a few things I've been up to this year.
I do Communications for my org, and one of the things I've discovered this year is... I actually kind of enjoy being on camera. Who'da thought, right?
I've been blessed with some really neat opportunities, including getting to be part of two televised Spanish-language town halls about the Affordable Care Act:
My cute co-workers took a photo when I was on TV last November. :)
In March, I got to do another one (I mentioned it here, remember? The one where POTUS and I were on the same press release! :D).
I've also gotten to work as part of a White House coalition to inform Latinos about the Affordable Care Act. Here's a group shot of a few of us after a White House press conference the day after open enrollment ended. I've gotten to go the the White House and to Rose Garden press conferences a lot this year, but it honestly doesn't get old, and I feel so blessed to get to work here in DC.
Funny story -- on this particular day, I wasn't planning to go to the press conference (too much work to do at the office). I ended up going last minute, buuuut I'd worn my turquoise Mexican dress from Lupita's wedding to work! What to do?? Well, friends, this is the very reason I always keep a spare suit jacket and pair of black heels at the office. No one was the wiser (until now), and I even got complimented on my outfit! :)
In December, we made Capitol Hill visits with Actor/Activist America Ferrera to talk to Members of Congress about comprehensive immigration reform.
|adorable pink coat I bought and then returned, bc the pocket lining tore after a week of wear. Stinkin' Target... :(|
This is such a hard, complicated issue, but it's not as complicated as Congress is making it. It's truly a let-down that Speaker Boehner has decreed there won't be any reform this session, as this issue affects real families. Like this sweet Salvadorian family we met during our Hill visits:
Ahhh, his little face just got to me!!
Our Co-Founder and Chairwoman, Actor & Activist Rosario Dawson and America Ferrera, our Artist Coalition Co-Chair starred in the Cesar Chavez biopic this spring. We hosted the official DC movie premiere at the Newseum. It was so much fun! And can I just say that Chef Jose Andres makes THE best guacamole I've ever had?? (We hosted the after-party at one of his restaurants.)
We hosted one of the receptions during White House Correspondents Weekend. The view we had at the top of the Hay-Adams (which was where Hannah & Warren celebrated their wedding, remember?) was spectacular!
Another part of my job involves writing speeches and talking points for others to deliver. Wilmer (perhaps you know him as Fez from "That 70's Show"?) is one of my favorites to work with. :)
Basically, it's been a good, hard, and busy year. :) I'm excited to see what Year 2 brings!