Laura Penny Community Impact Award Winner Announced

The Women’s Foundation for the State of Arizona (WFSA) has announced this year’s Laura Penny Community Impact Award winner: Alba Jaramillo, Executive Director for Arizona Justice For Our Neighbors.   

Named after former WFSA CEO, the Laura Penny Community Impact Award recognizes women making positive changes in the lives of women and girls. Each award recipient receives $1,000 toward professional development.  

Nominated for her impact in underserved and vulnerable communities, Jaramillo is a local leader in community organizing and advocacy in the areas of immigration, human rights, gender-based violence, racial justice, and the arts. Her commitment to equality is demonstrated in the following examples of her work:  

  • Support for asylum seekers seeking refuge in the U.S.  
  • Establishment of a task force for immigrant rights 
  • Development of successful programming focused on training, education, and empowerment of Latina women  
  • Founder of Teatro Dignidad, a theatre company focused on human rights education and advocacy through the arts
  • Advocacy on behalf of sexual and domestic violence survivors  
  • Creation of a mentoring program for vulnerable youth  

Reverend Diamond Pate, a supporter of Jaramillo’s nomination, shared that her lived experience and vision of inclusion shape the work at Arizona Justice For Our Neighbors. “In everything she does, [Alba] is pushing us to make room for every voice, every person, especially women and girls. She is one of the most hardworking people I know with the biggest heart full of compassion and justice.”  

“It is clear that Alba is a champion for women and girls and a dedicated professional striving for equity. It is an honor to select her for this award,” said Dr. Amalia Luxardo, WFSA CEO.