Karina Onofre was born and raised in Santa Ana and currently resides in Irvine.
Karina Onofre was certified into the G.A.T.E. (Gifted And Talented Education) program since she was in second grade and took on leadership positions while she was in school. From K-12 in the Santa Ana Unified School District, she received multiple awards every year including the selective American Legion plaque awarded to only two students in the entire school, as well as recognition awards from several state assembly members and senators, including Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and U.S. President George W. Bush.
Being a product of public education, Karina Onofre has strong emotional ties to the public education system and wants to make sure everyone has access to a great education. When it comes to Education, Karina Onofre believes that there should be no reason why anyone should not graduate from high school and go on to either a four year or a vocational school to learn a trade that makes everyone feel important, allowing all to serve as valuable assets to our state.
Karina Onofre has a double B.A. from Allegheny College, in Pennsylvania, in Economics and Political Science with a minor in Spanish.
Karina Onofre is a Succesful small business owner. As a successful business owner, she has several state licenses, and is an Insurance Broker, Real Estate Broker and Commercial / Residential Property Manager, and a Tax Franchisee of H&R Block. Karina Onofre manages almost three dozen employees every year, and as a small business owner, she is passionate about making an impact that will benefit other business owners and help create more jobs in the state of California.
Full of energy and creativity, she also started a free Spanish magazine called “Mundo Latino” where she sought to inspire, motivate, and educate Spanish speaking Latinos throughout Orange County.
Karina Onofre started a non-profit called OC Latino Outreach where she has hosted biweekly seminars reaching out to Latinos and teaching them about multiple topics,including Employment, Education, Immigration, Healthcare, Parenting, and Enterprise. She wanted to motivate, inspire and educate the community, using guest speakers that were experts in the subjects and could answer any and all questions. She also utilized politicians, including Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff and Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, who both spoke on the value of Education and directly had an inspirational impact on close to 100 people in the room.