Pittsburgh is home to a quickly growing Latino community who come from all walks of life and live in many places across our city. Rosamaria Cristello recognized the need for a non-profit to lay a foundation for activities including community engagement, college preparation, family support and community advocacy. In 2017, she founded the Latino Community Center to work within the Pittsburgh Latino community on these goals. She joins Angélica on this episode of the World Affairs Report to discuss the Pittsburgh Latino community and the work being done by the Latino Community Center.
Rosamaria Cristello is the founder and executive director of the Latino Community Center in Pittsburgh. Previously she worked as Director of the Latino Family Center at the Allegheny Intermediate Union, which focuses on early childhood development. Rosamaria was born in Guatemala and grew up in Virginia before receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. In 2016, Rosamaria was named one of Pittsburgh’s “40 under 40” by Pittsburgh Magazine and received the Barbara McNees Spirit of ATHENA Award.