Was born in Santiago, Dominican Republic. In 1979 she graduated as Bilingual Secretary from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra.
She also studied education and counseling at the same university. She first immigrated to Chicago in 1983, but has also lived in Michigan where she attended Wayne State University.
In 2001 she was one of the pioneering Spanish instructors for the dual language Spanish immersion program at the Oak Park Public School District.
She holds an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago (CHIC).
After graduating from CHIC, she held various positions in the restaurant industry. She currently is a Re-certification Specialist in the real estate management industry under the Affordable Section 8 low income housing program.
Luisa enjoys reading and dreams of helping to create a public library system in the Dominican Republic. Her participation in DAMA is inspired by her desire to raise awareness of Dominican culture and heritage as well as to promote Dominican talents as part of a growing Latino diaspora.