My name is Vania. I am a first-generation Salvadoran American. I am passionate about moving communities forward and I will not only lead—but help empower our community to enhance the quality of life for all people.
My parents are immigrants from El Salvador. They were forced to leave their country at the beginning of a civil war. They come from small towns where people took care of their families and their neighbors. My dad worked for Amtrak for almost 40 years, my mother cleaned houses until we were born and then raised us five kids. We were never told we had to help others or serve, they showed us. They both led by quiet example.
While our neighborhood was not a warzone, we were told to “duck” upon hearing gunfire. When my siblings and I started school, my mom realized there were very limited resources—she got involved and asked questions. She was so relentless that it led to increased parental involvement. Her perseverance for our success followed me to high school where my mom told my high school counselor that it was important that I attend a four-year university. Over the course of my mom’s involvement, her actions and the actions of other parents created a better neighborhood for all of us. The message in our family was always clear: engagement, education, and community empowerment are crucial to success. I have always known that an individual was only as successful as the community—the entire community.
For my parents, the American Dream was being in a place where their five children could succeed and thrive. With their support, I became the first person in my family to obtain a college degree, later earning a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Juris Doctor. I put the skills I learned in school to work serving our community as a senior advisor for District 5 in Councilman Daniel Valenzuela’s office for five years.
My name is Vania Guevara and I am running for you to have a seat and a say in the Phoenix City Council. This seat will never be my own—it will be ours.