Danitza Villanueva – Giving Back Publisher
Danitza Villanueva is a self-motivated and dedicated businesswoman. Born in San Diego, she spent part of her youth with her family in Tijuana and grew up on both sides of the border. She has transferred her unique insight of cross-border culture, trends and philanthropy to her business and community interests.
Danitza attended high school at The Academy of Our Lady of Peace and became the first woman from her family to graduate from college. She has two degrees, one from Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Fashion Marketing, and a second from San Diego Christian College in Communications.
In 2008, Danitza and her magazines were invited by the Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to attend the 26th Annual Border Governors Conference in Los Angeles for her positive impact in the community and the positive image of Hispanics in the region.
In 2010, Danitza was elected the youngest ever member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Opera. Through her leadership, the Opera performed the world’s first Mariachi opera, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna with Mariachi Vargas Tecalitlán, to sold-out houses.
In 2011, she was chosen to participate in HOPE Leadership Institute, a select group of Latina leaders in the State of California. Through the HOPE Leadership Institute, Danitza traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with members of Congress and of the Senate to advocate for Hispanics.
Danitza was chosen by Access to Independence in 2012, an organization that provides services to people with disabilities, as an Everyday Hero for her dedication in making a difference in the disabled community of San Diego.
Through her partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego, she initiated and chaired the first outreach program for the Hispanic philanthropic community. This annual event, first organized in 2013, has been extremely successful and Danitza chaired for 5 years.
In 2014, Danitza joined the Board of Directors for HOPE, a statewide organization committed to ensuring political and economic parity for Latinas through leadership, advocacy and education to benefit all communities and the status of women. In 2015, she was elected to be the Secretary.
Also, in 2015, Danitza was honored by Girl Scouts San Diego as a Community Partner for her outstanding support of Girl Scouting in the region.
In 2017 and 2018, Danitza was honored to Co-Chair the OLP Women’s Symposium and in 2017 she joined the OLP Board of Directors.
In 2022, she was chosen to the the President of the Board at OLP.
Also in 2022, she was bestowed the honor of Chairing the 2023 Rady Children’s Hospital Charity Ball. The Ball is the 114th Anniversary of the most elegant and historic philanthropic event in San Diego.
Danitza and her husband, Esteban, enjoy the region and all that it has to offer and can be often found horseback riding or hiking the regional parks with their dog Winky.
Here is an article in the Alpine Sun about Danitza.
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