first_imgWHITTIER – Whatever Rio Hondo College board of trustees President Angela Acosta-Salazar happens to be doing in her personal or professional life, chances are pretty good it involves education or leadership. She has worked at Mission College and Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE), and more recently was hired as a community leader for the Puente Project, which encourages disadvantaged students from Whittier and California high schools get their college degrees and return to their communities to serve as leaders. The Whittier resident uses her educational background to deal with issues facing Rio Hondo, where she was named board president this summer. These accomplishments, along with her extensive work as an advocate for Latinas, are the reasons why state Sen. Martha Escutia, D-Norwalk, chose Acosta-Salazar as one of five “Women of the Year.” “\ is a role model for young Latinas in all she does,” Cervantes said. But throughout her accomplishments, Acosta-Salazar says she was always aware that she “didn’t get there alone.” “A lot of people helped me along the way, and I feel it’s my responsibility to give back,” she said. “That’s what motivates me, professionally and personally, as well as an elected official. “I want to make a positive impact and Whittier is the community where I’ve chosen to do it,” Acosta-Salazar added. “And I absolutely want to make an impact.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system center_img “Her work as the \ president, community leader/mentor for the Puente Project, and an educator makes her a great example for young Latinas,” Escutia said in a statement. Other recipients included Irene Redondo-Churchward, executive director of SPIRITT Family Services; Gloria Duran, co-founder of Concerned Parents of Santa Fe Springs; Maria Davila, mayor of South Gate; and Susie Cruz, owner of Simply Susie’s boutique in Whittier. “I was very honored and humbled by the award,” Acosta-Salazar said. “It’s a big deal, and I definitely feel it’s a path I want to continue on in order to uphold such a great honor.” Acosta-Salazar, 37, was born and raised in Colton. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology at UC Irvine and her master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of New Mexico. Escutia spokeswoman Marisela Cervantes said the Woman of the Year honor is significant because it “recognizes a contribution to the quality of life in the 30th Senate District.” last_img

Rio Hondo trustee among award recipients

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