Born and raised in Pierce County, Olgy grew up in a military and union household that valued hard work, humor, and family above all else. Olgy's parents immigrated to the United States from Guatemala in the 1970s and worked multiple jobs to help realize the American dream for themselves and their three children. Due to their hard work and sacrifices, Olgy was able to be the first in the family to attend and graduate from college with dual bachelor’s degrees in Latin American Studies and Women’s Studies from the University of Washington. Throughout her career, she has worked to make a more reflective democracy and expand access to power through work with local non-profits like OneAmerica and Planned Parenthood, the Washington State Democratic Party, the Washington State Legislature, and candidate campaigns in Pierce County. Over the last 13 years, Olgy has talked to voters in English and Spanish all over Washington and even a few in Iowa in 2012 for Obama. Her passion for social justice stems from her devastatingly common experience as the only person of color in rooms where decisions impacting our communities are decided.
Olgy spends most of her spare time building up future leaders through her roles as the National Women's Political Caucus of WA's Vice President and as a board member for the Institute for a Democratic Future. She is also a gubernatorial appointee to the state's Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission and knows more than the average non-pharmacist about pharmacy WACs and licencing. She ran for office back before it was hip for young women of color to do so, can tell you the legislative or congressional district at any moment on a road trip, and worked in the WA State House and Senate for 5 years in addition to a couple month stint as a Congressional Intern back when Nancy Pelosi was Speaker of the House, the first time.
When she's not working on electing more women and people of color to public office, you can find her dreaming of soaking up the sun with her Chiweenie Pepita in the hammock that only sees use 2 months a year in south Tacoma, Washington.
Originally from Yakima, Pepita was adopted in the fall of 2016 from Sunny Sky's Animal Rescue in Puyallup just after having a small litter of 3 puppies. When she's awake, Pepita loves snuggles, dancing, road trips, shadowing Olgy everywhere she goes, and sunbathing. She lives a life decidated to social justice and sleeping.
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