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This month’s Homegrown Hero is Diana Rodriguez, Founder of Pride Live. We caught up with her to know her story about her career and how her working routine has changed since the pandemic started. We thank Diana for all her efforts and for inspiring our club with her acts. This year’s initiative includes giving $1,000 to a charity of our Homegrown Hero’s choice, and for this month, Diana selected Pride Live.

Tell me about your career and what inspires you every day?

Before I started Pride Live, I had been fortunate enough to work at some of the most amazing organizations over the last 25 years, beginning at the Jackie Robinson Foundation, then GLAAD, followed by the Clinton Foundation. I am inspired by the memory of the hard work my parents put forth every day to support our family, and their expectation that their children live their lives as good and honest people. It’s that simple for me, to try and do good every day, support those around me, and have a positive impact in this life.

How much have your job duties changed since the pandemic started?

As someone who is a fundraiser, I know I take extra care when sending correspondence for support. When the pandemic began, so many were raising money for food, rent, medical needs – it was such a telling time, and still is. I believe the pandemic taught me to be a more aware and caring fundraiser, and to make sure each ask clearly states why I am making the ask, and the impact I believe it can have.

What’s the biggest lesson/s you’ve learned during this time period?

To be grateful. To wake up grateful and make the most of each day and your time here. And how lucky I truly am – and that I will probably never retire. 😊 As long as I feel I can continue to help others, I will.