HERstory: Andrea Bazán, Leading Latina

Andrea Bazán is president of Triangle Community Foundation, a philanthropic organization in North Carolina with assets of over $130 million. She has had a career in state government, academia and the nonprofit sector. She was executive director of El Pueblo, a Latino advocacy and public policy organization, and a lobbyist at the NC General Assembly for several years.

Currently, Andrea serves on the board of the National Council of La Raza, the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights organization, including a term as chair. In 2008, Andrea was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine and Latino Leaders magazine included her in its list of 101 Top Latino leaders in the United States.  Andrea serves as a mentor to many young students and a scholarship for Latino students was named in her honor. She is the proud mother of three daughters.
To learn more about Andrea, the Beehive asked her to answer these ten questions:
  1. The proudest moment in my life so far was: when I became a mother. I never understood my mother, or fully how it all ‘fit’ together until I became a mom myself. It is my biggest accomplishment to this day, to have three daughters. Some days I feel that I am great at it, some days I feel that I have failed miserably. I have three very assertive, three very different, and beautiful girls. And raising them takes every ounce of energy in my being! Phew.
  2. One woman I look up to: I have had the privilege of having great women in my life. Mi abuela, or grandmother, who this year celebrated her 90th birthday, is from Argentina and moved here to the US to live with my parents just recently. She doesn’t speak English, has never worked outside the home, never learned to drive, and has had some hard things in her life. She is the most positive person I know. Always with a smile. Always with a great perspective in life. And being around her makes me feel centered.

    I must also say that being involved politically, I have also gotten to know and admire women like Hillary Rodham Clinton. I think she’s an asset to this country, especially in her role today as Secretary of State.

  3. I am inspired by: philanthropy. Giving back to the community. Volunteering. Always gives me back more than I give. I am grateful and honored to be involved in so many ways. I am very lucky.
    One saying that I like to quote is: “To those whom much is given, much is expected.”
  4. One of the greatest things about being a woman is: that we are women! We have a different way to lead, to be parents, friends, partners.
  5. My favorite thing to do in my free time is: to relax. Spend time with my friends and partner and girls. Never have enough free time. I end up filling it up with some work, it seems.
  6. I hope that someday: we achieve equal and fair access to education for undocumented students. Well here I got political. I have been working on this for decades. It’s taken up a lot of my time and effort. I truly believe in this cause.
  7. One piece of advice I would give to other women: volunteer, get involved, give back. Do something you believe in. Don’t be pushy.
  8. Something that makes me smile: I smile at my staff, who are the best. I smile at my friends, who I’m lucky to have many, and around the country.
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