From September 15th through October 15th, Latinx Heritage Month is celebrated throughout our Country. This is a time to honor those that have come before us and the many sacrifices they made for the Latin community to get where we are today. For Christian Losno, Materials Coordinator within our Wastewater Enterprise, Latinx Heritage Month is a time to reflect on the history of Hispanic Americans and the impact that they have had on our country. “Latinx Heritage Month means everything because it’s recognition of the influence, honor, and contribution by Hispanic Americans to the history and culture of our country. It also gives us an opportunity to feel proud of how far we’ve come and to pave the way for tomorrow’s future.”
Deeply rooted from a South American/Italian background, he was born and raised in San Francisco. Raised by his mother and grandmother, along with his 7 siblings, Chris admired the passion and love his elders displayed for their Latin heritage. He was raised within a very tight knit Latin community in the Mission District and praises the strong Latina women that raised him. “It’s important to celebrate this month because it gives us an opportunity to say thank you to our parents, honor those who are no longer here, to respect ourselves, and for tomorrows future.”
Chris joined the military straight out of high school at the age of 17. He explained that the military helped mold him into the person he is today; attributing his strong work ethic and team-oriented leadership to his upbringing and time serving in the military. After proudly serving our Country, Chris began his career with the City and County of San Francisco. For over 20 years, Losno has been serving the City and County, beginning his journey within the Juvenile Probation sector as a Storeroom keeper to joining the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission in 2009.
He has seen many changes over the years, but nothing quite compares to the past several months. “At the beginning of this pandemic, my role changed a bit. I screened personnel to assure their safety and those around them to working closely with EOC representatives. I am one of many essential employees whom has not been able to work remotely,” Losno explained. “This pandemic has been challenging, but it has been an important reminder to stay the course and not give up. Remembering that you are serving others is what keeps me going day in and day out.”
During his spare time, Chris serves his Church Community by mentoring youth and providing youth services. He understands the importance of giving back to the next generation and future leaders of our community. “Advice I would give to young Latino youth looking to start a career in the utilities industry is to finish what you’ve started. Rely and respect yourself and your efforts,” Losno said. “Whatever you do in life, do it to the best of your ability and never give up. Understand that there will be downs but it’s not how many times you fall, it’s how many times you get up. Never rush to the finish line but enjoy your journey.”
“My respect is great for all, but my Latino background is what has pushed me to become a better man, husband, father, employee and co-worker. Happy Heritage month to all of you.”