Teamwork makes the dream work. Here at ActiveSGV, we are fortunate and grateful to work alongside some amazing folks! This month's Staff Spotlight is Carly Curiel.
1. How did you get started working at ActiveSGV?
I met Diane Velez (my work wife) through People’s Yoga Teacher Training and we became friends because we shared a lot of similar interests (hip-hop, podcasts, environmental justice, funny memes).
I started to follow Active (then BikeSGV) through her and attended some events including the first 626 Golden Streets. I had just moved back to the SGV after living in San Francisco for 7 years and was missing the Bay Area and its efficient public transportation system and access to parks and open spaces. I was so happy that there was an organization working to make the SGV more sustainable, equitable, and livable! I knew I had to be a part of this organization.
2. What do you like most about ActiveSGV?
I love that our entire team is made up of a diverse group of people who are from or who currently live in the SGV. We are not outsiders coming in; we ARE the SGV and we’re passionate about these communities and the issues that burden them. It also helps that I love each one of my coworkers like family. They are all so unique and talented and I’m grateful to be able to work alongside them.
3. Favorite and/or memorable ActiveSGV experience
Some of my favorite ActiveSGV memories were working my first 626 Golden Streets: Mission-to-Mission and our staff retreat to Seattle, Washington.
4. If a friend from out of town were to visit, which place in the SGV would you take them to and why?
I would pick up some some food from one of my favorite SGV restaurants (we seriously have the best food, don’t @ me), then bike over to Legg Lake in Whittier Narrows for a picnic and maybe some yoga and reading.
5. What you're listening to/ reading/ watching/ digging right now:
Currently reading “The Sun and her Flowers” a book of poems by Rupi Kaur and just started “A Manual for Cleaning Women” by Lucia Berlin for my book club. Currently watching “Euphoria”, “Barry”, “Stranger Things”, “Jane the Virgin”, & Bachelor in Paradise is my very guilty pleasure. Currently listening to a lot of Tyler the Creator, Blood Orange, Cuco, and Natalia Lafourcade.
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