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Patricia Funegra

La Cocina Va
Washington D.C. Metro Area
Paty Funegra is a social entrepreneur, activist, and advocate for economic development in Virginia. She founded La Cocina VA in 2012 with a vision to create opportunities for economic growth in the region, specifically focusing on the Hispanic community. She currently leads this social enterprise as Chief Executive Officer. La Cocina VA is a workforce and small business development non-profit organization that provides vocational job training in culinary arts, industry certifications, English language training, and job placement for the unemployed as well as healthy meals to the hungry and underserved populations. Thanks to her tireless work, La Cocina VA has been able to grow, helping more and more people in the community, and receive local and regional recognition. Her vision and leadership in creating La Cocina VA exemplify that she cares deeply about her community and has proven that she will work tirelessly to help those in need. Next in her plans is the expansion of these services through a kitchen incubator that will offer more opportunities to empower low-income communities to become contributors to our economy, create jobs and build stronger futures for them and their families.

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