Always busy, always giving

Zaneta Encarnacion

Fri March 25, 2016 1:19pm

Rubion Family

The Rubio family moved to the Eastlake Shores community one year ago. Many families would likely recognize Manny Rubio’s voice from the automated phone messages sent on behalf of Sweetwater Union High School District where he has worked since 2008 as the director of grants and communication. Heather Daud Rubio is a partner/principal with Christy White Associates, an accounting firm that serves school districts, local government agencies, nonprofits and small businesses.
Both have a passion for causes centered on education and community.
“With both of us being from immigrant and under-represented communities (Manny is Mexican American and Heather is from the Chaldean community), we’ve seen that education is truly a key to success. Along the same lines we are both passionate about causes that engage the community and create the sense of community among residents.”
Manny’s community passion holds space for the communities where he grew up — Otay Mesa and San Ysidro. He is the board chair of the San Ysidro Community Foundation and was recently installed as board member for the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce.
Heather grew up in El Cajon and Rancho San Diego and has volunteered for Junior Achievement in those communities. She’s also very active in several professional organizations such as the California Association of School Business Officials where she helps school districts across the state better manage their organizations.
“It’s important [to give back] because none of us gets through life on our own. No matter what background you are from or where you are in life, we rely on one another to move forward. If we’ve gotten to a place in life, it’s our belief that we should help as many others get to the same place and to even greater heights.”
The Rubio family grew in 2015 with the addition of their now 9-month-old daughter Olivia and Freddy “The Fish” Rubio, or as Olivia calls him “eh-tee.” With all their professional work and charitable efforts, they never lose sight of the importance of family for them and for communities.
“Chula Vista has such a great family feel. Everywhere we go, we see kids and families and people who just really seem to enjoy this community. It’s really close to so many things throughout San Diego County and really has everything we need as far as shopping, dining and entertainment. What we also love is that Chula Vista has so many elements of the new and the old. There’s so much history and still it’s growing. That’s really exciting for us to say we are a part of that. And of course, the schools are amazing!”
The Rubios are excited to be part of our growing community. So the next time you receive a call from SUHSD, you can smile knowing the voice on the other end of the line is a neighbor, friend and part of a family that is excited to be part of our growing community.
Zaneta Encarnacion is executive director of the Southwestern College Foundation.