Louisa Meruvia

Portrait Photo of Louisa Meruvia

From La Paz Bolivia, Louisa Meruvia has lived in the Metropolitan Area for more than 50 years.

She went to Bishop Dennis J. O'Connell High School and graduated from American University in Journalism and Communications. 

Early in her career she worked as a Community Organizer for the Spanish Speaking Committee of Virginia and Legal Services Corporation. 

In 1978, she began working with the Voice of America and then joined the US Information Agency (USIA) where she worked in different capacities until she joined the Foreign Service and went to Bulgaria, Amman Jordan,  and El Salvador.

Upon her return she worked at headquarters for several years, until she retired and moved to Bolivia to open a real estate Business representing Century 21.   She stayed there 10 years. While in Bolivia, she and her sister opened  a Foundation called Centro Boliviano de Filantropia to help young adults 16-26 yrs and create a better living environment for them and their families.  She returned to Virginia in 2000 and started working with Virginia Tourism Corporation. An activist within  the Latino community encourages and teaches youth to be participants.

She opened Networking Professionals a consulting educational organization that assists businesses in finding its counterpart . Also,  under her command is Networking for the Arts Foundation a non profit organization that promotes culture of different countries and teaches people that in a globalized world we help people understand each other.  Most recently, on February 2016, Louisa has opened the International Women's Chamber of Commerce based in Fairfax which has had much success.

Board Members

* Denotes Chair of Virginia Latino Advisory Board

Ex-Officio Members

  • Kelly Thomasson, Secretary of the Commonwealth
  • Brian Ball, Secretary of Commerce and Trade
  • Dr. Daniel Carey, Secretary of Health and Human Resources
  • Brian Moran, Secretary of Public Safety & Homeland Security
  • Shannon Valentine, Secretary of Transportation
  • Atif Qarni, Secretary of Education
  • Megan Healey, Governor’s Chief Advisor for Workforce

Office of the Governor – Staff Assigned to VLAB