Spotlight on Latinx Achievement: Pamela Mercado Michelli

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work in the community?

I am originally from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. I currently work at CLUES as a Program Supervisor that provides advocacy services and resources to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who identify as part of the Latinx community. I have been in this field for over five years which has been a very rewarding experience. I also have an incredible 4-year-old daughter Daniela, who is one of the main characters in this children’s book and also blessed with my incredible partner Ibrahim.

According to the latest diversity survey from Lee & Low Books, nearly 80 percent of book publishers and agencies are white. Latinos are particularly underrepresented, making up 6 percent of the industry as a whole and 3 percent of the industry’s leadership. How do you feel about being a published author and what advice do you have for someone who wants to write a book?

I am extremely grateful and excited to have a book for our children to practice our native language Spanish, and also celebrate the uniqueness of our Puertorican culture. 

The best advice I could give to anyone interested in publishing a book is to learn as much as you can about the process, get as much feedback from others but always stay true to your idea and vision for your book.

Please share with us the most recent project you’ve taken with your Daughter and what inspired you to write your book? Also, where can we buy your book?

Most recently I published a children’s book in Spanish titled, Daniela y Mateo viajan a Puerto Rico. This book uses cultural terms and rhyme to celebrate our beautiful culture. Also, it has beautiful colorful illustrations from an Argentinian artist. My inspiration came from the love I have for my island and to provide children literature in Spanish. This book is currently available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble online in paperback and E-Book format. I look forward to writing more books that celebrate other countries such as Argentina, the Dominican Republic, and México which are part of my daughter’s and my heritage. You can buy the book here: www.DanielayMateo.com

Finally, why do you think the work of LatinoLEAD is important for our Latinx community statewide?

I think LatinoLEAD is an incredible asset to our community by advocating, connecting, and developing solutions that will positively impact the lives of so many Latinxs here in Minnesota. I look forward to attending LatinoLEAD events and initiatives in efforts to ensure social and economic equity for our Latinx community.