María Sigüenza was born in México and immigrated with her mother as a young child to the state of Washington. She was raised in Burlington, located in the beautiful Skagit Valley. María began her career in non-profit and public service in 2008 as a Spanish-English medical interpreter. She has worked in Skagit Valley Hospital, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Health Care Authority, Department of Social and Health Services, and the Department of Licensing providing expertise in program management, policy changes, community engagement, language access, equity, diversity, and inclusion. María earned a degree in humanities and social sciences from Western Washington University. She was appointed by Governor Inslee as Executive Director at the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs in August 2018.
María serves on the Washington State Business Diversity Subcabinet, and Poverty Reduction Work Group for Governor Inslee and is a founding member of and adviser to the Latino Leadership Network for Washington state employees.
Nancy Rocha Aguilar
Operations and Program Manager
Nancy Rocha Aguilar has been in Economic Development, Marketing, Public Relations and Government Affairs for over 8 years. Her previous occupation was as an Economic Development Analyst for the Economic Development Division in the City Manager’s Office for the City of San Bernardino, California. During her tenure, Nancy was one of the leaders in the Quality of Life Team, which provides solutions and support to challenges the City faces concerning blight, encampments, illegal dumpings and community clean up efforts. She managed several business retention, expansion and training efforts. She has worked for the City of Yucaipa, the Economic Development Agency of San Bernardino and UC Riverside. She received a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business from the California State University of San Bernardino and a certificate in Economic Development from the California Association of Local Economic Development and Fresno State University. She is currently working on her masters. She is creative, passionate and innovative.