Dedicated to Business and Community

Sara Zapata Mijares selected as NLWA-LA Latina of the Month

Published on LatinoLA: January 7, 2004

Dedicated to Business and Community

Sara Zapata Mijares has been selected by the National Latina Business Women's Association - Los Angeles as their Latina of the Month for January 2004.

Ms. Zapata Mijares attended California State University, Los Angeles, and California State University, Long Beach. She holds an adult education certificate from Cal State University, Long Beach, (Teaching credential is currently being renewed) and a Leadership Certificate from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF).

Sara has been an entrepreneur since 1974. Her experience involves over 20 years of experience in the graphics, printing, publishing, marketing, community and public relations industries. From 1985 to 2001 Ms. Zapata Mijares co-owned a nationally accredited private postsecondary training institute. She served as Director of Student, Business and Community Liaison. The institute provided training for young adult and adults in the fields of Computer Graphics, Website Design, Printing, Computerized Office Skills and Medical Billing. Community Communication Services (CCS) is the offspring of her combined experience.

In 2002, Ms. Zapata Mijares following a long time love for the arts (inspired by her husband Raul?s passion for art), started Galeria Mijares, a fine art gallery in the City of Whittier. Galeria Mijares? goal is to represent fine artists emphasizing talented Latino artists. Galeria Mijares? has been featured at community and professional events such as the Golden Eagle Awards of NOSOTROS, Mother?s Day Event of United Latino Fund, the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation Gala, the Latin Pride Foundation, MALDEF, the Pio Pico House Gallery, the Delhi Center and others. Galeria Mijares is proud to represent house artist Juan Solis, a talented rising Mexican artist/muralist from Jalpa, Zacatecas (an E.L.A. resident), as well as the exclusive representative of artist Ignacio Gomez? and publisher Richard Duardo?s ?El Pachuco? and Manuel Benitez, Mexican artist from Ixtlan del Rio, Nayarit, Mexico.

Sara is founder of Club Yucatan de California, an organization representing her state of origen from Mexico. As president of Club Yucatan she is also part of Consejo de Presidentes de Federaciones, an organization composed of presidents representing 14 states of Mexican migrants.

She is a new Advisory Board Member for the Graphic Arts Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Additionaly, she served on the Advisory Boards of Hispanic Outreach Taskforce (HOT), Latinos in Hollywood Committee, the 33rd Congressional District Student Art Competition Committee the Raramuri Center (A Tarahumara Indigenous National Organization) and mentored the St. Paul High School Young Democrats.

In addition, Ms. Zapata Mijares has served on many local non-profit Boards including Past President of the Organization of Bilingual Rehabilitation Associates, Co-founder of Women in Professional Graphic Services, Co-founder of HILAN (Hispanic Leadership Alumni Network), Navidad En El Barrio, Padres Contra el Cancer, United Latino Fund, Festival Artes de Mexico, Whittier NJB, Whittier Area Youth Soccer and AASUL (Assistance with Sobriety Uniting Latinas) as a Pro Bono Consultant.

Sara Zapata Mijares is C.E.O. for Community Communication Services (CCS). In this capacity she serves as community and business relations for the company, develops and implements all public relations marketing, and is responsible for community affairs. Ms. Zapata Mijares also maintains public relations with different chamber of commerces and media contact to better market CCS? clientele including the non-profit organizations. CCS mission is ?Making businesses, professional associations, organizations and the community Look Good?.

For her dedication of outstanding citizenship and activities enhancing community betterment, Ms. Zapata Mijares has received numerous awards and commendations. In 1989 Sara and the Mijares family were recognized as State Hispanic Family of the Year by the Hispanic Family of the Year Foundation and in 1990, Sara was among the Hispanic Women of the Year by the Mexican American Bar Foundation and has been a five-time recipient of the Norwalk Lions Club ?Business of the Year?

Sara and her husband and partner Raul live in Whittier. They have three children, Sarita (22) recent graduate of Loyola Marymount University (May, 2003), Zazil (21) 3rd year student at Cal State Long Beach and Raul III (19), a freshman at Rio Hondo College.

Galeria Mijares is located at
6741 Friends Ave., Second Floor
Whittier, CA 90601
562-789-2803 - Fax: 562-789-2833

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