FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Originally from Pittsburgh, PA., Candace is a proud mother & active community leader who resides in Palm Beach County, Florida. In 2014, Ms. Rojas launched a boutique public relations firm, ICan Multimedia Network, to assist charities, businesses and political campaigns with marketing, branding, social media, reputation management and events.
Ms. Rojas also founded, Coastal Concierge Home & Yacht Management, which hires veterans and vetted individuals from the Starz programs. Prior to this, Ms. Rojas held the role of Membership Director for the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, and also worked as a top sales executive for PepsiCo, Foodservice Division, for almost a decade.
Her charitable focus has been assisting local non-profits with building infrastructure, fundraising and orchestrating successful events which has earned her nominations for “Woman Volunteer of the Year” by Junior League of Boca Raton, in 2014 and "Woman of Distinction" by Soroptimist International Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach in 2017.
Candace’s core strength is her ability to leverage her circle of influence to generate
mutually beneficial business, community, media and non profit strategic partnerships. Her faith has taught her to persevere despite obstacles. Growing up in Pittsburgh, PA, raised by a single mother, under stressful conditions, she faced challenges, as each of us do. This created a desire to help others who need support. Great lessons are learned through pain.
"As a child, I was raised by a single mother and lived with my grandparents. We lived below poverty standards in an unpredictable and often times, violent atmosphere as a result of generational struggles with alcoholism/addiction that created an abusive environment which plagued my family. Despite adversity, I believed the promises that I read in the holy scriptures. I desired: stability, peace, purpose & prosperity.
Like most Americans, I dreamed of starting a family and having a safe home. I aspired to open my own small business and start a charity that served the community. Since I have a heart for the hurting and a desire to help the underdog; I believe my purpose is to create a network of caring partners to support those who need a second chance and desire a better life in order to become self-sufficient change-makers. With that vision in mind, I founded Starz Foundation in 2017 to work with caring partners to provide five pillars of outreach–advocacy, mentorship, training & education, resources and affordable housing. I believe that with right support system, more “Starz” will emerge and shine in everyday life, and will make new opportunities for others."
Together We Shine,