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Outstanding Women: Daniela Bello

Outstanding Women: Daniela Bello

By AnaMaría Bech

@anamabech

Click aqui para español- > Mujeres sobresalientes: Daniela Bello

We at VIVA NOLA celebrate women’s contributions all the time, and in honor of Women’s History Month, we want to recognize Daniela Bello. Daniela serves as the Cross-Cultural Coordinator for Jefferson Parish. She has managed to unite community leaders, non-profit organizations, and the Latino media, creating a network that provides resources, support, and information to the Latino community in the region.

Get to know the story of this leading woman by reading the following interview:

Where are you from?

I was born in Florida, and when I was one year old, my parents decided to return to Nicaragua, so I grew up and got my education there.

When and why did you move to New Orleans?

In 2009, I came to visit my family in Kenner, where I decided to stay and work for my family and pursue a new academic opportunity.

What did you study?

I attended Herzing University to be a Physician Assistant and studied Communications and Public Relations at the American University of Nicaragua.

 

       

What are some of the jobs you’ve held in Louisiana?

I have worked as a medical assistant in different clinics around the city. I was also a reporter for Telemundo 42, and now I am the Cross-Cultural Coordinator for Jefferson Parish.

What do you like most about living in Louisiana?

I love that it’s small compared to other states. It’s slow paced, and in a way, we all know each other.

What do you miss the most about Nicaragua?

My family. The ease of getting around to visit my family since everything is close.

How did you get to your current job?

I believe that God prepares you to take significant steps at some point. I found out about this job offer at the end of 2019, I applied, and although I knew it was the primary position, I never doubted my abilities.

How do you feel in that role?

I feel blessed and happy and enjoy learning a lot every day. My passion is helping communities by providing information, and I know that God has a purpose in my life with this work.

Why did you create a Latino leaders’ group?

Just days before Hurricane Ida, I thought I wanted to have a way to keep the community up to date with the information and decisions made at the Parish level. So, I added Latino community leaders on a WhatsApp group to provide them with official, last-minute information directly from the Emergency Center in Gretna, where essential workers were concentrated.

What have you learned about the needs of the Latino community?

Most needs in the Latino community are due to a lack of curiosity and initiative. Several community resources and programs are available, but people don’t know about them and often don’t utilize them. I have also realized that we need more leaders who are committed to the community.

How have your colleagues responded and supported your initiatives?

My colleagues have been very receptive to new ideas and initiatives. For example, we have managed to take the Latino community and other minority communities into account in projects and programs that had not previously addressed their needs.

Why go beyond what your job requires?

When you’re doing what you love, it’s not difficult to go beyond what you have to do. But, on the contrary, you do it because it makes you feel good. So, thanks to this job, I can combine what I am passionate about: living within the community, informing, and creating new initiatives.

Do you think you’ve made a difference in the community?

I am working to make a difference. It is not up to me to say if I am doing it or not; we will have an answer in some time when we have a more informed and united community. What is gratifying is hearing or reading a “THANK YOU,” which tells me that what I am doing is bearing fruit and motivates me to continue.

What is the importance of women’s leadership in our community?

It is vital because women can be an example for other generations and realize that, with effort and dedication, they can come to occupy essential roles and be agents of change in the community. Locally, we have the example of Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng, who is an inspiration to me for becoming the first woman president of the parish.

Daniela is very proud of her culture and roots and has been involved in cultural activities since she was young, promoting folklore through dance and reciting poetry.

We thank Daniela Bello for her contribution to the Latino community in Louisiana and congratulate her for doing an excellent job!

You can support VIVA NOLA’s mission of connecting communities by donating here. Your support, in any amount, is very appreciated.
AnaMaria Bech

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