Philanthropy in their hearts
You do not run into a special family like the Bustamante Family every day. Originally, from Tijuana, Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante along with this children Carolina, Emaluisa, Carlos, and extended family have formed their lives in this vibrant Binational region of Tijuana and San Diego. Proud to be from Tijuana, the passion they feel for a city that embraces a diverse population from Mexico that has risen above obstacles and shines while doing so. “Tijuana is perseverant, triumphant and has much to offer,” Emaluisa and Veronica tell Giving Back Magazine.
Education is of utmost importance for the Bustamante family. The mayor was the first generation to graduate from University of San Diego with a Business Administration Degree. His children, Carlos and Carolina, followed in his same footsteps and this year his granddaughter Alexa also graduated from USD. Emaluisa studied at the University Iberoamericana of Tijuana, Boston College and University of Monterrey receiving a Communications and Marketing Degree. Veronica, wife of Carlos’ son, graduated from Cetys University of Tijuana.
Philanthropy is an essential part of their lives. Always focused in helping the community, the Mayor is recognized as one of the most philanthropic Mayors, helping many non-profit organizations. Amongst them is the Emma Anchondo de Bustamante School, and he supports his daughter’s causes: Together for Charity founded by Carolina, Emaluisa, Veronica, Maribel, Esthela, Rebeca, and Carla which helps a Tijuana orphanage of 50 children, Integral Center for Women, National System for Integral Family Development, and Doctor Smiles, granting wishes for sick children in Tijuana.
As a family, they enjoy spending time together going out to eat and watching Xolos as well as Chargers games.
Carolina comments, “Our father is not really a politician. He inherited from his parents a strong love of Tijuana. He is a citizen and businessperson who is committed to having Tijuana continue to move forward. He is a father and a giving grandfather who always makes us feel we are the most important thing to him.”