Vaniah De Rojas ’09, ’11, a Mihaylo management and MBA alumna, discusses her business education and how it has assisted her in a career in public administration and community volunteerism. She was among the recipients of the Distinguished Women of the Year Award from Assemblyman Ian Calderon for her community service as an administrative analyst for the City of La Mirada and volunteerism for Habitat for Humanity.
For Vaniah De Rojas ’09, ’11, a Mihaylo management and MBA alumna, receiving the Distinguished Women of the Year Award from Assemblyman Ian Calderon (D-Industry), came as a surprise. “Individuals who are in public service do not work for money or recognition, so to receive the award was an immense honor,” the administrative analyst for the City of La Mirada says. “It was also a humbling experience, as I heard about other women involved in such impactful work in their communities.” De Rojas was among 13 women who received the 2013 award.
The annual award honors outstanding women who make a positive contribution to their communities within the 57th Assembly District, including the City of Industry, La Mirada, La Habra Heights, La Puente, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs and Whittier, part of a region commonly known as the “Gateway Cities.”
In addition to her position at the City of La Mirada, De Rojas volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, a major nonprofit committed to providing housing for low-income residents. “Habitat for Humanity provides the opportunity to learn about construction and home building,” she says. “I also have had the chance to develop friendships with fellow volunteers and families seeking to achieve the American dream of homeownership. I would encourage everyone to donate their time to help others; it is a great feeling knowing you are making a positive impact in the lives of others.”