Ana Grande is ONE’s new regional field director in the Southwest, which means that she covers Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah in the field for ONE. Covering five states means that Ana is one busy advocate, but when she had a few moments to spare, we sat down with her to find out more about her region, what brought her to ONE, and more…
When were you first introduced to ONE?
I was introduced to ONE over 8 years ago. I fell in love with ONE’s mission.
What did you do prior to joining ONE?
In 2012, I worked as a district director in the city of Los Angeles, then left to spearhead a proposition on the November ballots. Soon after, I was consulting with the New American Leaders Project as their alumni development and political strategy director.
Why were you interested in working for ONE?
Over the course of time, you realize that no matter how much you have focused on local and national issues, there is still a deep desire to make this world a better place. ONE provides that platform. By focusing on eradicating poverty, transparency and economic development – ONE allows all of us to use our voice to make a difference.
What’s your experience at ONE been like so far?
It’s been a bit overwhelming. There is so much to do, and when you realize that every action has a reaction, you want to do as many of them as possible.
Which issue that ONE works on do you find most interesting?
What is your favorite place that you have traveled to?
In the States – my favorite has been Atlanta, Georgia. I just love the people and love the food! Fried green tomatoes, anyone? Abroad, I would say El Salvador and Costa Rica go hand in hand. The greenery in each country is absolutely beautiful.
Tell us more about the region you cover for ONE.
My region is – AWESOME! I cover California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. From the beautiful beaches in California, to the red canyon of Utah, my region has kind-hearted folks that are willing to use their voice.
Have you always lived in the Southwest?
Absolutely! Born and raised in Hollywood, Calif. I know what weird is before it becomes popular.
What do you do in your spare time?
I don’t have much spare time, but when I do, I love reading. My biggest joy is catching the next action film in movie theaters.
Recommend a book!
There are many great books out there. If you want a cultural, romantic novel, filled with twists and turns, I highly recommend On Bitter Ground by Sandra Benitez. A more current events/policy book that I would recommend is “Eco-Economy: Building an Economy for the Earth” by Lester R. Brown.
I’m sure we will hear much more from Ana as she travels around the Southwest recruiting advocates in the fight against extreme poverty. Welcome Ana!