Olga Torres Baker
Ms. Torres Baker has resided in Virginia Beach, Virginia for the past 11 years. Her broad work experience within the Hispanic community and her ability to keep an open mind about developing market trends enables her to be a great asset her current and future clients, and in her servant leadership roles.
She is a small business owner offering Spanish/English Interpreting, Translation and Business Consulting services through Taína Consulting, LLC. For the past 3 years she has focused her efforts with the local Latin radio station – La Selecta Radio 103.3 FM / WVXX 1050 AM, as a Senior Marketing Consultant to attract clients who wish to reach listeners from the Hispanic community through commercial content in Spanish. Most recently, she expanded her portfolio of services to include Notary Public and essential services for individuals, families, and businesses as an ACN Independent Business Owner. Ms. Torres Baker has worked in the interpreting and translation field for overt thirteen years. She relishes putting her Spanish language skills to use and looks for opportunities to take on the type of work that challenges her to continue to grow as a professional.
Ms. Torres Baker previously owned and operated Metropolitan Insurance Options, Inc., an independent insurance agency in the Denver Metro area of Colorado. In 2005, she was recognized as Businesswoman of the Year by the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for her entrepreneurship and community volunteerism.
She served as President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Coastal Virginia (HCCCoVa; formerly HRHCC) for 5 years and under her leadership (August 2012 to December 2017), the Chamber experienced growth and visibility, fostered community engagement, collaborations and strong partnerships with other local organizations and entities. In February of 2014 Ms. Torres Baker was recognized by the Urban League of Hampton Roads Young Professionals with a Silver Star of Diversity Award, and in September 2014 she was recognized as Hispanic Trailblazer by the Norfolk Public Library, for her volunteer work through the Hispanic Chamber. In October of 2015 she joined the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Leadership Forum (HLF) of Hampton Roads, whose Mission is to “focus on development of leaders within the Hispanic community through education, the arts, and cultural engagement”, and currently serves as President. She was appointed to the City of Virginia Beach Minority Business Council in 2017 and is currently serving as Vice Chair. In July 2020 Ms. Torres Baker was also appointed to the Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission. And most recently, was welcomed as a Board Member of the Green Run Collegiate Foundation.
In the spring of 2016 Ms. Torres Baker completed a 12-week Board Development program and was voted president of its graduating class – The United Way of South Hampton Roads’ 20th Project Inclusion program. Some of her other volunteer experience includes the Virginia Beach Small Business Subcommittee, Hampton Roads Diversity & Inclusion Consortium, ERT Community Roundtable, and AARP Virginia since 2012. Her vision has been instrumental in establishing the Circle of Latinas of Hampton Roads, which serves as a resource to mainly Spanish speaking Latinas and their families through a closed group on Facebook with over 3.400 members to date.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico until the age of 13, she is proud of her heritage and culture, and has always volunteered with local Puerto Rican organizations wherever she has lived. On her free time, she loves travelling and spending time with her husband, their son and daughters, extended family and especially their 10 grandchildren. She enjoys gardening, working on her golf game, dancing, and spending time with dear friends, and she loves visiting her beloved Puerto Rico to spend time with her family there and continue to explore all its wonders.