Ms. Parga was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States at 24 years old. Her passion in her work comes from a deep-rooted love for her community and a need to continuously improve it by promoting the value of education to community residents and bringing about vital programs to serve the community.
Ms. Parga worked at the Center for Latino Community Health at CSULB from 2008 to 2017. Most of her community work has been within the City of Paramount. She has partnered with Gateway Cities Partnership, the Paramount Unified School District’s Parent Involvement Planning Committee, the Head Start Program, School Site Council, G.A.T.E Advisory Committee, Parent Advisory Committee, California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) including the INSPIRE program where she became a program-certified parent facilitator.
In 2005, Ms. Parga brought to her community in Paramount the first annual ¡Despierta Mujer! Conference that aimed to empower parents, especially women, to promote productive, meaningful, and responsible advancement in the Paramount community, along with civic, educational, and cultural engagement. Next year will mark the 13th anniversary of this annual conference.