Who Do We Recognize?
As part of our collaboration with the community, the Latina Symposium recognizes the contribution of women who lead projects that help others grow, in the Latino community. Each year the Symposium pays a tribute to a Latina woman who demonstrates an unbreakable and passionate commitment to our community. It is with great joy that we announce the winner of the 2019 Manos Unidas Award: Ms. Estela Ortega
2019 Manos Unidas Award Winner
Estela Ortega is the Executive Director of El Centro de la Raza, leading Seattle-based civil rights, human services, educational, cultural and economic development organization with an operating budget of $10.5 Million that serves over 14,506 individuals and 8,246 families annually. She has actively engaged in coalition building, political advocacy and strategic development while working at El Centro de la Raza, distinguishing herself as one of the organization’s most effective leaders and as a respected community organizer.
Ortega is also responsible for the development of Plaza Roberto Maestas a $45 million mix use community-inspired transit oriented affordable housing project adjacent to the El Centro de la Raza.
Estela Ortega also serves on various boards and committees in the areas of civil rights, education, transportation, economic development and the environment. Ortega has received numerous recognitions and awards throughout her distinguished career with the most recent being the 2018 Seattle Met Magazine 50 most influential women in Seattle who have shaped Seattle, the region and beyond.
2018 Manos Unidas Award Winner
2018 Manos Unidas Award Winner was selected based on the following criteria:
10 years or more of community work
Latin origin: Miriam is Argentinian.
Impact on the community:
Program to teach women how to drive.
Casino Road program for women to get their GED.
Group of Committed Mothers who help each other.
Social Justice: Miriam advocates for women to have the opportunity to study, become involved in the community and become leaders.
Long-term vision: Miriam has the vision to create a non-profit organization to help women study and become leaders.