Meet 8th Annual #BuzzZinOFFAwards Honoree Lisa Valadez 9.8.18
Specializing in brand building, Lisa Valadez has worked throughout the entertainment industry along with national and international entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations. Currently serving as the Associate Publisher for Houston Style Magazine, Houston’s leading source for the African-American and Hispanic communities, Lisa oversees the publication’s day-to-day operations.
A native Houstonian and activist, Lisa is well known within her community for her tireless commitment to community service and various help-outreach initiatives. Lisa has worked with the Alief school district as the Family Outreach Coordinator, a field in which she has garnered annual recognition for her work. She has also served in the capacity of Outreach Coordinator in partnership with the Children’s Defense Fund to help identify uninsured and underinsured children in the Houston area. Knowledgeable about federal programs and protocol, Lisa makes it a priority to educate parents and children about the importance of good health and its direct correlation with school achievement. She is often recruited by local non-profits in the Houston area to help plan, organize, and coordinate large community health fairs.
Lisa says that her true desire is community service, and she desires to educate those around her with facts in efforts to help the disenfranchised. Her passion to help those that don’t have a voice is an important one. She is not afraid to use her voice to bring light to those that are being ignored and systematically oppressed. She recently delivered an empowering speech at the “No Ban, No Wall” rally at the Texas capitol alongside US Representative Beto O’Rourke.
Lisa was recently hired as Executive Director of the Al Rucker Foundation in Houston, TX. The foundation’s goal is to cultivate underserved minority children to prepare them during their high school years so that they qualify for scholarships that have been secured by the foundation in partnership with HBCU’s.
In her spare time, Lisa writes about her battle with Lupus in order to bring awareness about the illness. She likes to travel across the U.S. and blogs about those experiences. Lastly, she writes about her partnerships with brands that do good to help bring awareness and to increase support for those brands.
Her long-term goals include establishing her own non-profit and educating people on a national level about positively impacting their communities.