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GINA VALLEJO

URBANLIFE CAFE MANAGER

gina@urbanlifesd.org

I have the pleasure of being a wife and mother of two wonderful boys. I live in Southeast San Diego and am a native San Diegan.  Some of my favorite things to do with my family include going on road trips, camping and visiting new places.  Most recently, I spent my time as a family and portrait photographer for the past 3 years and have started several small business ventures over the past 8 years. 

I was introduced to UrbanLife in 2013 when my husband, José Luis Vallejo, (current Executive Director) joined staff.  Early on, I volunteered as often as possible and became very engaged with several UrbanLife initiatives.  I was involved with UrbanLife’s after-school tutoring program, UCAN, for the first two years and helped launch UrbanMic Night at the Southeast farm site.  Every Friday we would gather with students and prepare a safe space for youth expression and community-building where students were encouraged to showcase their talents through song, spoken word, poetry, and dance.

 In September 2018, former Executive Director Sarah Carter asked me to join staff to support the efforts of UrbanLife Café.I am honored and excited to be part of the team.It has been an amazing experience to engage with students every day and see them flourish and grow within the UrbanLife Cafe Program.