Alumni Spotlight: Denise Felix

Denise Felix was one of the 5 founding members of the Youth Advisory Board in 2007 and was a member until 2009. For 2009-10, she was one of the Youth Advisory Board co-coordinators. All the while she was majoring in Public Health at UC Berkeley. She is now currently working for the US Department of Agriculture in food safety assessment. We caught up with her and asked her a few questions!

What are some of your hobbies?
I like to sing in the car. I like to hang out with my friends. I like to watch movies. I like to eat, especially at new restaurants. I am very active in my church. I like to teach young people in the catechism of the Catholic Church.
What is your favorite inspirational quote?
“Intense love does not measure. It just gives.” – Mother Teresa
How did the Youth Board impact your life/career?

Being part of the Youth Board gave me a greater understanding of how communities can be involved in their own transformation. My experience also taught me that there are many factors to consider when working to change policy. Most of all, I learned that building relationships with the people we work with and the people we serve is the most crucial part of grassroots-type policy advocacy. When we walk together, we thrive together. I have carried this wisdom with me in my daily life.

What is a fun fact about you?

I have a brown belt in Shou Shu Martial Arts.

What is your most memorable experience in the Youth Board?

The very first meeting! At the retreat center, we sat by the fire, shared stories that inspired each other, and envisioned the role of the Youth Board for years to come!

We would like to thank Denise for giving up some of her time to answer our questions! And stay tuned as we shine a spotlight on former and current Youth Board members!