Alicia Spinner earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Technical Institute of Monterrey, Mexico and worked as a news writer for several TV stations in Mexico and the United States, including Univision in San Francisco, California. Looking to transition from journalism to prose, she studied Spanish Language and Literature at Harvard University, earning a Masters degree. She also worked as an editor for Vista Higher Learning, a publishing company headquartered in Boston.
Serving is others is one of Alicia’s life goals. For the past 10 years, Alicia has lived in Issaquah Highlands, raising her two young children while also volunteering extensively with the community. Since moving to Issaquah, Alicia's dedication to diversity and inclusion has led her to found three community groups. The Toddler Playgroup creates a trusted space for moms and caregivers to create connections. The Latino Club shares and celebrates Latino culture as a community. Also, Club Inclusive gives children of all abilities the chance to embrace their differences and learn together about the power of love and acceptance.
Alicia has also served on the Board of the Grand Ridge Elementary PTSA for eight years where she led teams as the Volunteer Director, Events Director, Programs Director and for the last two years as the PTSA President. At Grand Ridge, she created many popular community-building events, including the flagship Cultural Fair, where the school's diversity is highlighted and celebrated thanks to the hard work of more than 100 volunteers and the participation of more than 2000 neighbors. The Cultural Fair has transformed Grand Ridge to a more inclusive space for children to grow. Alicia has created an event that is a point of pride for the entire community, according to school principal Mrs. Ravenscraft.
Alicia was recognized as the 2018 Volunteer of the Year for the Issaquah Highlands Community, while at Grand Ridge Elementary she earned two Gold Acorn awards in 2016 and 2018 and the Outstanding Advocate Award in 2019. This year, she was named Ravishing Woman of the year.
Alicia is a VOICE Mentor of four children, two in elementary school and two in middle school. According to her, this is the most meaningful volunteer activity that she does. She explains, “Even when children have loving and supporting families, culture and language barriers can impede the parent’s ability to offer the support that their children need to succeed in school and to navigate their lives in a new country”.
Alicia is the editor for the Issaquah School Foundation’s Cultural Bridges magazine where she works tirelessly to create a resource that serves as a communication bridge between the Issaquah School District and local parents with school-aged children who, like Alicia, did not grow up in the American educational system. This magazine is published in seven languages: English, Japanese, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese and Russian.
Alicia is also a member of Seattle Escribe and a spousal member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
Alicia enjoys global travel, especially to increase her children's awareness of the world and their role in it. During their travels, she seeks inspiration to bring back to her community. Alicia is always striving to bring her diverse community closer together with compassion, acceptance, and love.
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