Marisela Nuño was born in the heart of South Central Los Angeles, a community permeated by gang violence, drug dealing and racial tension. As a first generation American born to immigrant parents from Jalisco, Mexico, Marisela learned from her landscaper father and her seamstress mother the value of hard work, entrepreneurship, and most importantly, compassion and a dedication to helping others. Both parents had little education and spoke almost no English. As the eldest of three, Marisela was a right hand to her parents, who lacked the language to communicate at times with their clients. Starting at age 9, Marisela would take calls from clients and send out invoices. Her summers were spent helping her family with their business or traveling with her family to villages in Mexico to distribute toys and clothes to children.
Growing up in South L.A. taught Marisela skills that enabled her to survive and embrace her community. The lack of resources and the 1992 Riots inspired her desire to bring positive change to her community and gave her the drive to be the first in her family to go to college. At the age of 23, Marisela opened her first childcare business, serving teen and single mothers in her neighborhood. Marisela paid her own tuition to UCLA and was able to help others. She seized the opportunity to study in Europe, Australia and South America, places she had never even dreamed of going. Marisela would send postcards to the parents and children in her childcare center, saying “If I could do it so will you!”
Marisela’s path hasn’t always been easy, but it is most definitely her own, and now she is an accomplished CEO and entrepreneur who loves to grow businesses and people from start-up to success. Among her businesses have been childcare facilities, a Construction Management Company, and a Real Estate and Property Management company, where she is known as a hands-on professional with a proven track record for the successful completion of commercial and residential construction projects.
Marisela loves to support local nonprofits that serve youth, including Nuevo South, Root Down, and A Place Called Home. She has a passion for mentoring, and she leverages relationships to provide opportunities for young people to expand their lives and build leadership skills. Marisela is a proud mother, and lives in a beautiful home very near where she grew up, with her husband and four boys.
A Place Called Home is deeply pleased to welcome Marisela Nuño into the family, where she is already inspiring the GirlPower Girls to broaden their horizons and never, never give up!