A native Puertorican, Gloria has always loved music and working with nonprofits. Inspired by her passion for art and music, Gloria started playing guitar, piano, and singing in multiple choirs since she was 5. At the age of 17 she moved to Florida and started her education as an Architect major in the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and moved back to Puerto Rico to complete her undergraduate studies in Business Administration majoring in Accounting at the University of Puerto Rico. Twenty-eight years ago, Gloria moved to the Washington DC area to complete a masters’ in Business Administration from The George Washington University and became a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Project Management Professional.
After living a few years in the DC area, Gloria missed her involvement with nonprofits and realized that Hispanic communities needed help in the DC area and decided to create the first chapter of the Northern Virginia Hispanic Junior Chamber of Commerce (NOVA Hispanic JAYCEES) and held the positions of Vice President and President of the Board. The group helped numerous Hispanics in the area providing them with education, financial assistance, and cultural activities. In addition, she held various board positions at the Holy Spirit Catholic School PTA and she was appointed by the school principal Chairman of the Holy Spirit School Advisory Board.
As she became involved in all these nonprofits, her desire to fulfill her passion - art and music - grew fonder and she became a member of the The Alexandria Singers. Since then, in addition to being one of the few female tenors, Gloria has been involved in the designs and constructions of the sets. Her passion for art and music doesn’t stop there; Gloria is heavily involved in her daughter’s theater productions and provides her artistic skills in the productions set designs and backstage.
Throughout her professional career, Gloria has worked for several International CPA firms and consulting firms. When she moved to the DC area, she worked for 10 years for the U.S. Department of Treasury as an Accountant. And for the past 16 years she works for Oracle Corporation as a Senior Principal Product Manager for Financial and Human Resources Applications. In addition, she held the position of Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association and this is her second year as President of The Alexandria Singers Board of Directors. She aspires to continue helping the Singers organization and other Arts organizations and sharing her passion for art and music together with her professional experience.