A Gateway To A World Of Opportunities
MAAC provides a place where local families in need can find the means to self-sufficiency. Hunger and poverty continue to be crises in our communities and unexpected events can easily push families below the poverty level. For the last four years, Lisette Islas has helped MAAC respond to these challenges by evolving its programs to meet our community’s needs.
10 Things About Lisette Islas & MAAC
#1 I am a South Bay girl, 100%. I grew up in Imperial Beach and now live just a few miles down the street.
#2 I’m the middle child. And I feel blessed to have my brother and sister nearby. We are completely different people, but they make me laugh, forces me to look at the world in a different way, and always have my back. Family means everything to me.
#3 My first job was as an intern at my local school district. I spent a lot of time filing. And, in the process, I learned the power of paying attention to detail, being quick and mindful of my to-do list, and making friendships at work.
#4 My favorite book is whatever I happen to be reading at the moment. Right now, that is “State of Resistance,” by Manuel Pastor. I usually lean towards fiction, but this book has my inner nerd dancing with joy.
#5 My favorite movie is Life is Beautiful. It is funny, heartbreaking, and highlights the extent one will go for the people we love.
#6 Hurley, my black lab, would be really upset if I called myself a cat person.
#7 “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” It’s a quote by Maya Angelou; I keep it right above my desk.
#8 I have dance parties with my seven-year-old most mornings. Moving to Latin beats is a sure-fire way to give both of us an energy (and mood!) boost… I try to avoid too many requests for Kidz Bop or Disney songs!
#9 I started working for a foundation in my early 20s. At the time, I had no idea what philanthropy was. But I quickly learned that philanthropy has the power to change the world by investing in good ideas, innovative projects and brilliant people that only need to hear “I believe in you” before skyrocketing towards success.
#10 The music, the food, the laughter and the people…. There is only one way to describe the soiree: it’s like happy hour with 250 people that fill your heart with joy. I also want to give a nod to Lidia Martinez, as she and Southwest Airlines are some of our favorite partners.
MAAC 2018 Soirée
Thursday, November 8, 2018
5:30 – 8:30 pm
325 “15th” Street
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