America is responsible for the management of the Community Foundation offices. She cultivates relationships with vendors and facility service providers to maintain the historic Torch Press Building. As acting safety manager, she is responsible for monitoring security systems, inventory control, and providing administrative support to multiple teams. She is the principal liaison to the Board of Directors and manages the National Standards process.
America is originally from Fresno, California and is a founding member of Teatro Aqua Viva, a grass-roots theatre troupe focused on serving marginalized at-risk youth in rural immigrant communities. She served as the lead costume and lighting director for seven years and moved to Iowa in 2010. She graduated from Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, IA in 2014 with a BS in Pre-Integrative Medicine and minor in Business Administration. With seven years of administrative experience in the home health and human services sector, she most recently worked as a quality assurance specialist for a Cedar Valley HCBS service provider assisting adults with mental illness, intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
America identifies as a Chicana and celebrates her Mexican heritage through her love of food specializing in tostadas and “aguas frescas.” She relocated to Cedar Rapids in 2019 and can often be found exploring local parks and hiking trails with her son Andres and dog Lola. America is thrilled to serve Linn County as a member of the Community Foundation team.