Araceli Villegas has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) for several years and is an active member of our Board of Directors. We are grateful for Araceli’s support and thrilled to have her serving once again on our Los Angeles Builders Ball® Host Committee. We caught up with Araceli and asked her to share with us why she is so passionate about Habitat’s mission.
Who inspires you to give back to your community?
My children inspire me to give back to my community because they will inherit the world, which we help create for them.
Why do you support Habitat for Humanity? How long have you been involved?
I have been on the board of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles for over a year. I support the organization because of its longstanding impact on each and every family. Habitat has done so much to help local families through homeownership and by building up the surrounding communities. Habitat’s wonderful staff go above and beyond to make this organization thrive.
What do you wish people knew about Habitat?
I wish people knew that Habitat is such a multi-faceted organization. It doesn’t just build homes, it creates programs that empower families with a lifetime of success.
What does “home” mean to you?
Home is a place where families feel safe, build a foundation, and create lasting memories.
Please share your favorite Habitat for Humanity memory.
My favorite Habitat for Humanity memory has been my trip on the Chairman’s Global Village trip. The group and I traveled to a remote town just outside of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and built homes for three deserving families. The group and I got the opportunity to work alongside wonderful families who were so eager to move into their first home. The community wanted to help as much as possible to get these homes built literally one brick at a time.
Which 3 emojis best describe you and why?
😍 Because I love to spend time doing things that I love.
🌕 It’s a physical symbol of never-ending love, which I shared with my late father.
💃 I love listening to music and dancing.
More about Araceli Villegas
Araceli Villegas is Ringstar Sports’ Vice President and is responsible for all areas of global media for major boxing events worldwide. Her areas of responsibility include the international television syndication of Showtime Championship Boxing, Premier Boxing Champions, and Mayweather Promotions boxing events which take place throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia. In 2015, Villegas was responsible for the international television sales for the highest-grossing sporting event in history, the world championship boxing event, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. Ringstar Sports is drawing on Villegas’ 19 years of experience in the sports and entertainment industry to build Ringstar Sports’ international television business and explore new strategic opportunities for the sport.
Prior to joining Ringstar Sports, Villegas held various management positions at Golden Boy Promotions, NASCAR and Fox Sports International. Villegas served as the Vice President, International Television for Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. During her tenure, Villegas created the international television syndication division at the boxing promotional company. With her leadership, Villegas launched key strategic partnerships with major broadcast partners around the world.
While at NASCAR, Villegas was responsible for negotiating worldwide syndication agreements and developing NASCAR’s international business. During this time, she developed a worldwide distribution strategy for NASCAR which helped the company expand its international television distribution to more than 175 countries, expanded its racing series into Canada and Mexico, and was on the executive team to launch strategic partnerships to operate NASCAR Canada and NASCAR Mexico. Her career began at Fox Sports International in Los Angeles, where she managed the marketing and on-air promotions for the Latin American channel.
Villegas holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola Marymount University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. In 2014, she was awarded Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Award, which identifies and honors the most promising young executives in sports business under the age of 40. She sits on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles and resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Miguel, and two children, Miguel Angel (11) and Alejandro (9).