Socorro Medina – Multi-Cultural Business Outreach Coordinator

Where are you from?

I was born and grew up in Juarez, Mexico.  I moved to Seattle in 1998.

What were you doing before you came to ECOSS? 

I worked at the University of Washington as a researcher.  My research focused on how mountain ranges affect rain distribution during storms. I did that for about 15 years before deciding I needed to be involved with something that offered more tangible results for people.

What do you do day-to-day at work?

Mostly I have been working on waste reduction audits for apartment buildings; helping to determine how big of a problem waste management is in multi-family buildings.  We talk to building managers and assess the garbage dumpsters, which is much more interesting and not as gross as it sounds.

I have also been helping with the RainWise program.  Mostly going door-to-door to talk to residents about their suggestions and impressions about rain gardens, and how we could improve the program.  People are much more interested in rain gardens and managing polluted runoff than I imagined.

What is your favorite/most rewarding aspect of working at ECOSS?

I love the diversity of tasks I get to work on.  Some days I am out in the field, other days I am working on reports in the office, but it is always changing and I like all of it.  I never feel stuck in a routine.  I also have enjoyed learning about all of the aspects of the work that ECOSS is involved in.

If you could change one thing about Seattle, what would it be?

I would want the city to get rid of parking on main roads, it makes traffic so bad in some places.  Why should they give a whole lane just for people to park their cars?

What is your favorite spot in South Park?

All of the Mexican grocery stores down here.  I can get Mexican and Guatemalan breads, and even nopales (cactus)!  I can’t find those things in my neighborhood.

What do you like to do outside of the office?

I love to eat, and my husband loves to cook so it works out well!  I enjoy walking down to the International District to get food down there.  Also, it is nice to go on short trips around Seattle to experience and know the Northwest a little more.

Biggest goal for 2013?

Trying to not get stressed out.  It is working alright so far.