September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month, and Tidal Basin recognizes several Hispanic employees who give their talent and expertise to Tidal Basin’s humanitarian mission.

Initially observed as a week beginning in 1968 and later expanded in 1988 to cover 30 days, National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. We witness these contributions every day in communities across the country.

Tidal Basin is proud to be a part of the rich Spanish heritage and tradition in the United States and even more proud of the extraordinary people who mirror the diverse community we proudly serve. Stay tuned. Over the next four weeks, we will profile several of our team members.

Today we are featuring Deborah Diaz, Director, Mitigation ofMitigation.

Where are you from or the place of heritage?
I was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

What do you love about being Latino/a, Hispanic?
I love the warmth and friendliness of the people and love the food.

What is something you can share about your heritage that most people don’t know about?
We are a very caring and sharing community. Families join to help anyone in need from the communities.

Tu plato favorito, what is your favorite food/meal? Why?
Mofongo, bacalaitos fritos (cod fritters) and whole Caribbean cuisine.

Anything else you want to share?
Our coast and beaches are beautiful with warm and crystal-clear waters. I love doing local tourism around the Island, exploring new places.