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Getting to Know Rural Development Manager, Angelica Hernandez-Williams

Hello, I am Angelica, the Rural Development Manager. This position is NEW for the Alliance so I plan to develop it together with the Alliance team and the rural communities. I was asked some questions from the Alliance team so you, the members, and the community could get to know me better. But before I get into those answers, please know I can be found on LinkedIn (Angelica Hernandez-Williams) if anyone would like connect or has any additional questions. Also, my email is angelicahw@arizonanonprofits.org

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What are some important things that you hope to accomplish in your role with the Alliance?
rnMy position is a combination of duties, but it is all geared to toward rural Arizona! Rural communities hold so much richness and friendly people that I really hope to elevate nonprofits in our rural communities across the State. I want to see the capacity of rural nonprofits grow and hopefully increase membership so rural nonprofits are getting the support they need. And I especially want to hold events so the state as a whole can connect with the many amazing nonprofits in rural Arizona.

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What do you find special about living in a rural community?
rnI am from Sierra Vista which is located in Cochise County. Check a map and you will find us near the Mexican Border close to Tombstone and Bisbee. Rural communities are just that, a community! Each town has a unique set of strengths that community members love to share, whether its pecans in Green Valley, wine in Willcox, or Route 66 in Kingman. I still have plans to one day attend the Annual Chocolate Walk in Cottonwood (hopefully this year). There is always something fabulous to discover in a rural community. Plus, I’ve had some of my best conversations with rural citizens and they are always inviting you back to visit or move there.

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What is your go-to driving playlist?
rnLong drives are sometimes key to rural living, but that provides for lots of car-karaoke! My favorite of all time is Ne-Yo! Literally anything by Ne-Yo. I use Spotify for my music and I really like the following playlists: Divas, All Out 00s, Today’s Top Hits, and Put the Lime in the Coconut/Tarantino. I don’t know if I should admit to this one….Disney Classics (it can be our secret).

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What are you enjoying in your spare time?
rnI am currently working on my Master’s in Labor and Employment Law. While I enjoy the content and the knowledge I am gaining, I have noticed my lack of spare time. Before my Master’s (and COVID) I really enjoyed hosting dinner parties. Trying a new recipe, or sharing a classic, while laughing and catching up with friends is my happy place. I spend a lot of time on Pinterest for this reason. I even decorate the table like you see in Home and Garden Magazine (maybe not to that fancy level, but you get the idea).

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rnSomething else that people may be interested in knowing about you?
rnAs it may come off, I love food and I love the experiences that develop around food. COVID prevented my favorite activity so I had to get creative in keeping my passion alive. I created a Facebook Live show called Chips and Chat, an Instagram based around trying unique foods/snacks, and I repost a lot of the content on YouTube. I’m no influencer, but my family and friends watch and comment and even join some of the live sessions so in a sense it has brought those dinner parties into a virtual setting. I look forward to the many new foods I will discover in the rural communities across Arizona.