Diana Figueroa
Community Preservationist

Diana Figueroa contributes to her community as a lifelong Rhode Islander, a Central Falls High School alum, and a first generation college graduate from Roger Williams University. She studied Historic Preservation and Urban Studies, but more than her academic background influences her career path. As a junior in college, she became actively involved with a grassroots organization, Rhode Island Latino Arts, where she discovered a new found passion for oral history and cultural planning. In her senior year, she facilitated a local bus tour highlighting the inclusion of Latinx hyperlocal history in the textile industry for the Encuentro National Conference on Latino Heritage and Preservation. She has studied abroad in Barcelona, completed a service year with AmeriCorps VISTA in her hometown of Central Falls, and most recently worked as an Ambassador for United Way of Rhode Island. Young progressive leaders inspire her to continue advocacy for the causes she believes in. Some of the issues she holds close to heart include: affordable housing, climate change, displacement, equitable communities, embedded planning, and Central American affairs. Diana Figueroa is also a proud Salvadoran-American.