Karina Salazar

Karina Salazar

A recent graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago with 8 years of experience in administration, Karina thrives at balancing multiple tasks within deadline-driven atmospheres. Working with small businesses and community outreach programs, she is passionate about finding opportunities for effective collaboration and innovation. She also enjoys discovering new ways to incorporate mindfulness and leadership in her roles.

When she’s not working, Karina is listening to podcasts, exploring new plant nurseries, and drinking matcha.

Q&A with Karina

Where I grew up:  Chicago, IL

My family: I was raised by two immigrant parents who have established their lives and family here. I have two younger brothers and one older sister. Last but not least is my grandma, “Abuela,” who’s always lived with us. We also have a rescue Chihuahua, Luna-Can-Of-Tuna.

My favorite music: Soul, reggae, and Latin music.

My favorite foods: Anything that’s under the “Lunch Special” category on menus. Something about having a little bit of everything I want to try makes it my favorite thing to eat! 

My favorite cocktail: Palomas during a cookout or a glass of wine over conversations.

What I like to do in my spare time: You will find me outside in nature or on the next adventure with my family or friends.

My first job: Sales representative at Abercrombie & Fitch

Something no one would believe about me: I’ve worked every summer for 10 years on a dairy farm.

The day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit.

Fabienne Fredrickson