Brillantes Zol: Angelique Sina, Entrepreneur and Humanitarian

October 10, 2019
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This Hispanic heritage month we’re celebrating heroes in our community, meet a Brillante Zol below.

 

 

By Gabriela Arevalo

 

Angelique Sina always knew that she wanted to help others. Her passion for using her talents to make the world a better place is so strong that when her mother describes her, she says “Angelique asks for other people.”

Sina arrived in Washington, D.C. nine years ago, and in that time, she has been named Commissioner for the Latino Community in the nation’s capital by Mayor Muriel Bowser and nominated for the “Forbes 30 under 30” list,  but she says that she doesn’t see these things as accolades. Instead, each accomplishment is an “opportunity to serve the community.”

Serving the community is something Sina has done all her life- as a child in Puerto Rico she helped at church and worked in customer service at her father’s business. What she learned as a child helped her in her work in Congress and the World Bank, and she says the biggest lesson that has influenced her is to “not wait until things are given to you. Work for what you want to do and for the change you want to make in the world.”

The Johns Hopkins University graduate does that every day with her work for the Friends of Puerto Rico foundation, an organization that helps students in the Caribbean island. The foundation “was born of the idea that it doesn’t matter where you’re from, friends can unite to do something positive.” They give scholarships to students, support initiatives so that children can learn to be entrepreneurs with Café Ama, and they celebrate “our Hispanic heritage, joining together for such a beautiful cause, and giving the most from one to the other.”

Sina’s career hasn’t been easy, and it has required many sacrifices “but you have to write down your goals and work towards the things you believe in.” Like Friends of Puerto Rico’s mission, Sina believes in the power of collaboration. Her advice for young women who want to follow in her steps is that “no matter how big or small your dreams are, they can always become reality if you ask for help, if you seek out those mentors, and if you don’t give up.”

 

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