Fabiola Rodriguez-Ciampoli

Senior Vice President

“Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.” -Dolores Huerta.

Background

I was born and raised in Mexico City and spent the first part of my career working in politics in Mexico at the time when NAFTA was being negotiated and Pete Wilson was supporting Prop. 187 in California. Following U.S. politics, the debates in Congress, the Latino activism against Prop. 187 and President Bill Clinton’s activities on CSPAN from Mexico during that time led me to apply for a Fulbright Scholarship to come to graduate school in Washington, D.C. Once here, I began volunteering for the Democratic National Committee, and that was the beginning of my career in politics in Washington, D.C.

First Job

I spent my summer before senior year in high school in Acapulco, convincing American tourists on the boardwalk to go visit a new resort and buy a timeshare.

Career Highlights

Serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy for the Western Hemisphere at the Department of State during Secretary Hillary Clinton’s tenure.

Guiding Principles

Smile, it doesn’t cost you a thing, (h/t my mom). Never say “I can’t do it”, (h/t my 6 brothers).

Inspiration

My mother, Celia (RIP) who raised 8 children, 4 nieces and nephews and 2 grandchildren under less than ideal circumstances. She never lost her sense of humor and never stopped trying to help others. Dolores Huerta, who at 88 years old remains a tireless immigration, civil rights, and economic justice leader.

Giving Back

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, because no family should have to go bankrupt when they’re already dealing with the unbelievable pain of having a child with cancer.

Proudest Moment

The day I became a mom and the day I became an American citizen.

Favorite Sport/sports Team

Soccer, o jogo bonito, as Pelé would say.

Indulgence

Eating ice cream and watching cartoons with my son at the end of a long week.

Hometown

Mexico City and Washington, D.C.