Andrea Aragon was born and raised in Rocky Ford. After high school she attended the University of Southern Colorado/Pueblo now CSU-Pueblo.
Aragon majored in mass communications with a minor in political science. She completed a fellowship with Congressman Scott McInnis both in the Pueblo office and in Washington, D.C. She returned to Pueblo and became the Executive Director of the Latino Chamber of Commerce in Pueblo through 1998. She married Darrin Smith that same year and moved to Florida, taking on a job in community affairs at the ABC affiliate WNBB. A few months later Aragon returned to southern Colorado after the accidental death of her father. That summer, Aragon was hired by her alma mater, University of Southern Colorado in the Alumni and Development Department. She remained in that position until 2002. In 2000 Aragon’s first son, Freddie, was born. Aragon left CSU-Pueblo and was hired by United Way of Pueblo County in 2012 and has been in the CEO/President position since. Aragon serves on the Caring for Colorado Board, the Colorado Association of Nonprofits, and El Pomar. Aragon has another son, Evan, age 10. The family spends time attending the boys’ baseball and football games/tournaments.
About United Way of Pueblo County
United Way of Pueblo County was founded in 1923. Aragon adds, “The last few years have been challenging. Since 2008, the economy has taken a toll on the community, which has a high unemployment and poverty rate. Somehow we have raised more money from year to year, chipping away at the needs of the community. It makes me feel good to know that our services make someone’s belly full, or provides a place for a child to go after school.”
High school experience
Aragon remembers RFHS fondly. She had a great experience, great teachers and friends. Aragon says, “I take great pride in telling people that our mascot is the watermelon, it’s a great conversation piece. Also, I do remember a great role model and great teacher (elementary school), Steve Miller who made such an impact on my life.”
Message to youth
Get involved. Volunteer. Make the most of your time.
“It has been a blessing and a privilege to serve my community throughout the years. Welcome to Pueblo, La Voz!”