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Patricia Robledo Honored With 'Spirit of Inspiration' at LATINO Awards 
Patricia RobledoCongratulations to Patricia Robledo, the City’s Business Liaison, for her selection as winner of the “Spirit of Inspiration Award” for 2015 from the Centro Hispano de East Tennessee! The award recognizes a Latino leader in East Tennessee who “inspires and influences others.”  It will be presented at the annual LATINO Awards this Saturday, Aug. 1, at 5:30 p.m. at the Knoxville Convention Center.

Patricia, a native of Colombia, joined the City as Business Liaison in 2011, heading up the then-new Office of Business Support created by Mayor Madeline Rogero. She works with businesses across Knoxville to help them navigate City permits and processes. Among many other things, she was instrumental in creating the City’s pilot food truck program

She is also the owner of Robledo Translations, LLC, and serves on the board of Project GRAD, the Community Coalition against Human Trafficking, Community Health Council and East Tennessee Quality Growth. She is a member of the Executive Women’s Association, and she is active in Centro Hispano de East Tennessee, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of East Tennessee, HoLa-Hora Latina and the East Tennessee Civil Rights Working Group. She has served on the board of directors of various nonprofits, including the YWCA of Knoxville and the East Tennessee Foundation. She is the proxy for Mayor Rogero on the board of the Family Justice Center.

Patricia is also the devoted leader of a Girl Scout troop at Lonsdale Elementary School. In addition, she has volunteered for 11 years with the Knoxville Medical Mission during their annual week-long trip to provide medical services in Antigua, Guatemala, to those who could not otherwise afford services. 

In 2007, she received the FBI Community Leadership Award for her involvement in and dedication to multiple community service organizations, the 2009 HoLa-Hora Latina’s Unity in the Community Award and the 2015 Lonsdale Community School Volunteer Hall of Fame.

For more information about Centro Hispano and the LATINO Awards, see http://www.centrohispanotn.org/.
Posted by On 28 July, 2015 at 9:44 AM