03.30.10

Yvette Herrera Named a "Woman of the Year" in the 29th Congressional District

Washington, D.C. – On Saturday at a reception in Pasadena, Representative Adam Schiff honored Yvette Herrera for her commitment and service to the community of Burbank by naming her a “Woman of the Year.” 

“Yvette’s dedication to the community and the Big Sister Program are exactly the kind of efforts we need in these troubled times,” said Schiff. “As a volunteer with Big Brothers myself, I know how much her hard work strengthens the community and provides new opportunities for young women.”

In 1993, Yvette was honored at the White House as National Big Sister of the Year for her volunteer efforts to help develop multi-cultural programming as well as fundraising for Big Sisters of Los Angeles and modeling the agency’s first Asian Big-Little Sister match.  A graduate of the statewide leadership development program for women, Leadership California, she currently serves on their Board of Directors. 

Yvette’s previous community service activities include serving as President of the Asian Pacific Women’s Network and co-chairing the City of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Heritage Month Celebration. She has also served as Board President of the Burbank Community YMCA since 2008.  During her term, the YMCA built and opened a much needed parking lot and conducted its most successful annual campaign, meeting the challenge of raising $100,000 in donations during difficult economic times.  In 2009 she co-chaired a first-time event for the Asian Pacific Women’s Center, which exceeded its fundraising goal, netting over $25,000 for victims of domestic violence.

Yvette currently works in the non-profit sector as a Planning Director for United Way of Greater Los Angeles.  During her tenure at United Way, she has developed an outreach infrastructure to the growing Asian Pacific Islander communities in both the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys and raised funds coordinating United Way workplace campaigns.

Every March, during Women’s History Month, Rep. Schiff honors one outstanding woman from each of the communities in the 29th Congressional District.  These women come from all walks of life and represent the thousands of women who make a positive impact in our region.  While there are no specific criteria for nomination, Rep. Schiff looks for women who — through their work or volunteerism — have improved the quality of life for our community.

Rep. Schiff represents California’s 29th Congressional District, which includes the communities of Alhambra, Altadena, Burbank, Glendale, Monterey Park, Pasadena, San Gabriel, South Pasadena and Temple City.