Victoria Cartagena

Victoria Cartagena currently resides in Carrollton, VA where she finds joy in arts, culture, activism and community. She currently works for Hampton University where she serves as the Director of the Hispanic and Latino Initiative. Victoria graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors Degree in Science and then continued on to earn her Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her passion for community and activism can be seen through her volunteer work as a Board Member of the Virginia Latino Advisory Board, Chair of the Emerging Entrepreneurs Committee with the Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Official Photographer of G.R.O.W., a 501(c)3 that serves women impacted by domestic violence. Victoria volunteers for community events and charities throughout the year and has also been invited to speak on confidence, spirituality, women empowerment and more. She is currently using her multiple talents to develop programs that promote college and career readiness within the Latino community while also addressing the many barriers that may impact participation in such programs like cultural competence, identity consciousness, accessibility, and finances. Victoria believes in serving the whole student and she plans to develop a unique program at Hampton University that serves the Latino learner. 

Interests: Mental Health, Trauma, Creative Therapy, Community Outreach, Program Development, Latinos in Higher Education, Cultural Competence, Diversity and Inclusion, Arts, Music, Social Media Impact, Latino Leadership, Civic Engagement, Education, Workforce Development.

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