SACRAMENTO – On Monday, March 4, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) honored Rancho Cucamonga small business owner and philanthropist Liliana Andriani during the annual Woman of the Year ceremony at the State Capitol.
“Liliana’s story is a testament to the promise of this nation and the value of hard work,” said Morrell. “Not only has she made a life here and provided for herself and her family, but she also gives back so that others might prosper and have the same opportunities she had. I am grateful for her example and know many in our community look up to her for guidance and mentorship. We are fortunate to have her as a leader in the 23rd Senate District.”
Andriani was born and raised in Cali, Colombia. She came to the United States in 1986 and established a small jewelry repair booth in 1987 at an indoor swap meet in Pomona. In 1989, she opened Angel Jewelers in Rancho Cucamonga, which she continues to own and operate.
She is an active member of the community, working to support other entrepreneurs as a member of the Board of Directors for the Rancho Cucamonga Chamber of Commerce and through her work with the National Latina Business Women Association – Inland Empire. She is also involved with a number of nonprofits and organizations including Chaffey College, OPARC, Foothill Family Shelter, Hope Through Housing, Growing Pains, and serves on the Board of Directors for Sisters of Strength.
“It is an honor to be selected as Woman of the Year for the 23rd Senate District,” said Andriani. “Owning a small business has allowed me to employ others, make connections with people in our community, and establish strong relationships. The deepest reward and gift, however, is the opportunity to serve and give back. The nonprofits and organizations with which I am fortunate to be involved do tremendous work. I’m thankful for the roles they fill in our local area.”
The legislature’s annual Woman of the Year ceremony coincides with Women’s History Month and acknowledges extraordinary women from all over California for their outstanding contributions and community service.
A full biography is included below.
Senator Mike Morrell represents the 23rd Senate District in the California Legislature, which includes portions of San Bernardino, Riverside, and Los Angeles counties. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Liliana Andriani was born and raised in Cali, Colombia. She came to the United States in 1986 and established a small jewelry repair booth in 1987 at an indoor swap meet in Pomona. In 1989, she opened Angel Jewelers in Rancho Cucamonga. Her commitment and dedication have allowed her to stay in business for decades, but it is her spirit of giving back that sets her apart.
Liliana focuses much of her time helping promote growth through education and lifting others up. For many years, Liliana has supported Chaffey College, where she started her educational journey taking ESL classes and earning her A.A. and A.S in Business Administration. Not only does Liliana regularly contribute to the food pantry at Chaffey, but in March of this year, Angel Jewelers will sponsor three scholarships.
Liliana invests her time and effort in supporting organizations that promote economic prosperity in the community, and in particular, small businesses. She is an active member of the Rancho Cucamonga Chamber of Commerce and serves as a director on its board.
Liliana is also on the Board of Directors of Sisters of Strength (SOS), a nonprofit dedicated to education, empowerment, and support of single parents in Southern California.
As a Latina entrepreneur and business owner, Liliana is interested in supporting Latinas in business. She is an active member of the National Latina Business Women Association – Inland Empire and has served on the fundraising committee for the Latinas in Business Awards Gala.
Other nonprofits that Liliana supports include OPARC, Foothill Family Shelter, Hope Through Housing, and Growing Pains.