Fanny Villarreal was born and raised in Peru, where she earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in law studies. She worked as a judge in Peru until 1991, when she moved to Syracuse and immediately began working in the community. Her first position was as a cashier at Nojaim’s Brothers Supermarkets. While pursuing her education and mastering her English-literacy skills, she became increasingly aware of and concerned about the state of the Latino people of Syracuse and Onondaga County. And so, typical for her, she got involved instead of standing around to watch from the sidelines and she created Nosotros Radio Inc., “Your Latino Voice”. Nosotros was created in 1993 and is an educational bilingual program that provides information, positive messages, hope and values along with Latin music based in Syracuse, NY but listening all around the world through social media and Tunein radio. She also Co-founded the Latino Festival; the Hispanic Coalition NY, Inc. and the Latino Scholarship in CNY Community Foundation. In addition, she was a volunteer for the Syracuse Newspapers from 1991 to 1993 where she was able to provide news, music and education in Spanish via “phone line”.
Fanny’s passion and love for her community has led her to run for public office, served as Executive Director of La Liga/Spanish Action League, and served as a Family and Community Development Director for P.E.A.C.E. Inc. Furthermore, she has been active member on several boards including, The Syracuse Neighborhood Initiative (SNI), Onondaga Citizens League (OCL), Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today (TNT), Fair Housing of CNY, Elmcrest Children’s Center, HomeHead Quarters Inc. and the American Heart Association to name a few. In addition, she was appointed as the first Latina board member in the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency (OCIDA) and Excellus Blue Cross and Blue Shield Company.
Fanny has received numerous awards including The Lifetime Achievement of Successful
Business Women; the NY State Red Cross Good Neighbor Award; “40 Under 40”; Latina Leadership Award (representing NY State) from the National Foundation of Women Legislators in Washington DC; NY State Woman of Distinction; Syracuse University Commitment to Education, Notable Women in Human Services Hall of Fame Award along with several NY State Citations from Assemblyman William Magnarelli and Senator John DeFrancisco as well as recognitions from Congressman John Katko’s office.
Fanny became the new Executive Director for the YWCA in January 2013. The YWCA of Syracuse and Onondaga County Inc. is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The YWCA team, staff and board members, strives to develop intentional mission-based programs and services that meet the needs of women and girls in the community. Fanny loves her job and believe she has the best team ever working along with her.
Fanny’s personal goal is to assist all individuals to ignite self-discovery. She believes that education is the key to success and has encourage several members of the community to further their education, and that is her pride as she continues taking classes at Maxwell School at Syracuse University. She loves to teach people how to create their goals and follow their dreams. She hopes that her experiences, accomplishments and challenges will help others to succeed. Her immensurable love to God has helped her out of the darkness experiences she has encountered. Fanny lives in Syracuse with her two sons: Brian, who attends Rochester Institute of Technology and Carlos, who is in 8th grade.