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Trailblazers: South San Diego

The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around South San Diego that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Patricia Garcia-Del Campo

My story is a pretty full one… but I will keep it brief. I started off wanting to get into real estate since 2008. Being a single mom and not having a steady paycheck was quite scary. I always had ambition. I started working at the age of 14, at McDonald’s. Eventually worked my way to many different locations. One thing I knew, I always wanted to be challenged and I loved working in the public sector. Read more>>

Andrea Contreras

I started my insurance career in Grand Junction Colorado, as a part-time agent and full-time mom of two toddler girls, I was gaining all my clients from my mom friends and people in the Hispanic community. I was very fortunate to have an agency owner, and now someone I consider my mentor, see potential in me to help guide me into the insurance industry. Read more>

May Phyu

I enjoyed playing around with makeup in my teens and as years past, and also the evolution of my eyebrows, I learned how to master drawing and penciling in my brows as what is now known today as “ombre brows”. I had the regular 9-5 job that I’ve been with for several years and though I loved it, I felt I needed to branch out to something that I truly shared a passion for. Read more>>

Rebecca Niebla

I am the Founder and Editor in Chief of Vision music magazine, a digital magazine that encompasses and covers all aspects of Latin music and entertainment. I have established my own booking and Public Relations Agency in San Diego. Read more>>

McKenzie Ryan

My career in design started at an early age. My mother started her business, Ryan Young, when I was five months old and often says she had two babies at once, the birth of her business and the birth of her only child, me. Like a lot of businesses, it was a humble beginning where most nights my mother would work for hours on end making sure everything was the best it could be. Read more>>

Marissa Cedillo

The group began flourishing when I was going through a rough season in my life. I thought to myself, “There’s is no better way to heal myself then to have women heal together.” I then began to open my home to women. We discussed different topics that we women face, shared stories and grew together. Our first topic was, “healing your wounds”. When my vision started back in 2013, I had named the group, ”Real Women, Real Talk, Real problems.” Read more>>

Paulina Chaidez

COCINA 35 is a family-operated restaurant that specializes in Mexican Breakfast, known for having the best chilaquiles in town we work every day to bring to San Diego the flavors, traditions, and customers service that our grandparents teach us when we were growing up in Mexico. Read more>>

Mariela Nuza Cohen

My interest in photography began in 2004 while studying abroad in Viña del Mar, Chile. One might say my little Canon Point and Shoot camera was ill-equipped to capture all the beautiful landscapes of Tierra del Fuego and lacked the depth of field to show just how majestic the ruins of Machu Picchu. Read more>>

Ely Sanchez

We started this company last year in May 2018 by interviewing artists and musicians and providing them a platform to promote their music. I have worked with other companies as well that have helped my journey and have inspired me to grow. I am very happy about all the accomplishments I have reached and will continue until I fulfill all of my dreams. Read more>>

Tonnie Acosta

There are many hard days, even years, in my profession. I go unthanked more times than not but all it takes is that look in my student’s eyes. The look that tells me that they truly value me as their teacher and the experiences I am providing them in my classroom. It’s worth more than gold itself. Read more>>

Victoria Avalos

I started selling vintage & second-hand clothes on Instagram in 2016. The following year, I started making my own designs & creating my own line of clothes. I really fell in love with sewing & I made some pretty decent money off of it. I built an in-home studio & organized my own photoshoots with local models. Read more>>

Lorena Vergara

Becoming a “foodie” and starting an IG page was one of those moments when it was like, hmm, let me try this for fun and see what comes of it. Friends were always telling me, hey you’re always out and about trying new places, you should share! So, I did and never did I realize how much I was going to enjoy it. Read more>>

Cody Esp

I paint a lot of pets because it makes people happy and there’s a stream of demand. I’m working on a series of home goods with pretty inky plant drawings and also doing a zodiac series. These are personal projects that bring me a lot of joy and by keeping me learning and playing. Read more>>

Liz Langley

I’d always been interested in figurative and portrait painting, and one year, I made a holiday card with all the faces of my family on it. That got me requests for custom work and I started offering illustrated holiday cards. Then 2017, I joined in the 100-day project with a series of women’s portraits- I just wanted to celebrate inspiring women who did positive things in the world. Read more>>


I have struggled with depression and anxiety for a few years now, and I never realized I had it until I was recently diagnosed a few months ago. Being able to have the awareness that I am my own worst enemy has reminded me that if I can conquer the battle I have within myself, there is nothing I cannot overcome with style and grace. Read more>>

Allison Vercelli

I became a SAHM when my job of 10 years was eliminated after the birth of our first son. Like most things, it turned out to be a blessing as we went on to have three boys and I never missed a moment or milestone with any of them. But after five years of being home, I just needed something for me. I looked into every job opportunity but nothing made sense.  Read more>>

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