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José Angel Nuncio joins us as a new Board Member for the 2022-2023 Board year. But, this isn’t his first time being involved with WE. José also previously served as WE Liaison to the Adelante Foundation in Honduras from 2006 to 2019 and as a Board Member from 2009 to 2014. Since retiring in early 2021, José returned to serve WE as its Finance Committee Chair, where he also served as Chair in the early part of the 2010s. He has 30 years’ experience in the public works sector in San Diego, having worked for Caltrans and the San Diego Association of Governments in areas ranging from cross-border planning and engineering to budgets and finance. José is a graduate of the University of Michigan (BS Aerospace Engineering) and UC San Diego (MS Structural Engineering).

Thank you, José, for your service and sharing your expertise with us!

Q & A with José…

Q: How did you first find WE or get introduced to WE?
A: A San Diego Union-Tribune article in 2005 or so highlighted this new local organization devoted to reducing poverty through microfinance called Women’s Empowerment. I had been curious about how this tool was implemented and how it could help reduce poverty among women and society in general. I contacted the organization and participated in an introductory session in Point Loma, where I met Linda Corey. She put me in touch with others at WE, and in 2006 I was asked to be the WE liaison with Adelante Foundation in Honduras, which I did until 2019.

Q: What sparked your interest in joining the Board?
A: WE supports very important and worthy organizations across the world, which I saw first-hand when meeting women clients in Honduras. I was previously on the Board (2009-2014), but because of work commitments, could not continue. Now that I am retired, I am looking forward to working with my fellow Board members to continue the good work.

Q: What are you most excited to contribute to the Board and WE’s governance?
A: WE has grown immensely since its early years, and as it continues to grow, evolve and adapt, I look forward to contributing to the aspirational nature of the WE Board, providing historical context, and as the current Chair of the Finance Committee, financial planning and support to the Board and management.

Q: How do you spend your time when not volunteering with WE?
A: I am currently planning on walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain this Fall – about 500 miles – so I’m doing a lot of prep walking!

Q. What’s one of your favorite inspirational/motivational quotes?
A: It actually comes from one of the WE clients served by Grameen de la Frontera, one of WE’s earliest partners, many years ago. She said, “nomas porque somos pobres, no quiere decir que seamos brutas” (just because we are poor, it does not mean we are dumb). And I absolutely agree. It is a constant reminder that we as donors must approach helping others with humility, appreciating the opportunities we have had, realizing that a lack of opportunity does not equate to a lack of ability. It’s about respect. It’s about dignity. It’s about recognizing that the success and achievements of the women clients is due to their hard work, often against so many odds. Their achievements are truly inspirational.

Q. What was the last good book you read or what’s next on your reading list?
A. I like novels that mix historical context into the story. El Italiano, by Arturo Pérez-Reverte and Terra Alta, by Javier Cercas, both mixed different eras of Spain’s XX century complicated history into the story.

To learn more about volunteering with WE, click here or email info@womenempowerment.org. There are many ways to get involved!
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