Professional Experience

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Self-driven, team-oriented communications and development professional who strives for constant growth. Experienced in working with diverse audiences from various ethnicities, age ranges, faiths and socio-economic backgrounds. Native bilingual (English-Spanish). Proven ability to cultivate positive work environments and creatively solve problems. Maximizes efficiency and minimizes stress in a productive manner. Multi-disciplinary background and skills are complementary in mid to senior level positions within the sectors of nonprofits, local government, healthcare, education, civic engagement, and community building. Multi-faceted leadership, advocacy and public speaking abilities. Passion for social justice and driven to develop collaborative solutions to the barriers of self-sufficiency.

EMPLOYMENT

Program Manager: July 1 2015 – Dec 31 2017
Healthy Kids School-Based Health Clinic: Iowa City Community School District Iowa City, IA

Healthy Kids School-Based Health Clinic provides primary and mental healthcare services to children and adolescents
who are medically uninsured, underinsured, and who have trouble accessing healthcare services in Johnson County.

• Actively engaged with community groups, internal staff, and outside agencies as a resource liaison
• Identified partnerships, promoted relationships and sought funding opportunities with other organizations, agencies and stakeholders
• General facilitation of day-to-day endeavors: assured smooth clinic flow and clinic legal and contract compliance
• Organized and executed board and team meetings
• Accountable for budget oversight in conjunction with Health Services Coordinator
• Grant writing, collation and reporting of quantitative and qualitative data for United Way and other grantors
• Piloted and executed new programming including nutrition, post-secondary extension of services, and immigrant initiatives

Clinic Coordinator: July 1 2012 – June 30 2015
Healthy Kids School-Based Health Clinic: Iowa City Community School District Iowa City, IA

• Case managed and coordinated all patient care; including referrals to community partners
• Maintained staff and patient scheduling for approximately 10-12 clinic sessions monthly
• Grant writing, collation and reporting of quantitative and qualitative data for United Way and other grantors
• Liaised and troubleshot with community partner clinics; responsible for maintaining positive and timely communication
• Conducted community outreach to neighboring providers and agencies

Community Health Aide: Proteus Inc. Iowa City, IA, March 2011 – May 2012

• Case management of approximately 800-1000 migrant & seasonal farmworkers in the Eastern Iowa region
• Provided enabling services including Spanish interpretation, transportation and referral services
• Educated migrant & seasonal farmworkers and their families on subjects pertinent to their health and well-being
• Practiced basic nursing skills including intakes, health histories, vital signs, and basic laboratory work
• Conducted outreach to new populations, clinics and community members
• Led team of summer health aides/interns

SKILLS AND ACTIVITIES

• Native or bilingual proficiency – Spanish
• Microsoft office, web browsers, social media, EPIC Electronic Medical Record
• Community engagement chair: League of Latin American Citizens Council (LULAC) 308 Jan 2017 – present
• Committee member: Educational materials review for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland Summer 2017 – present
• Presenter: Managing Risk in Iowa: UI Public Policy Center Nov 2017
• Keynote address: 3rd Annual Latina Youth Conference: Alpha Upsilon Chapter: Lambba Theta New Sorority Nov 2017
• Presenter: Iowa N.E.W. Leadership for University of Iowa Women’s Resource and Action Center May 2017
• Public address: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals rally: Hawkeyes for DREAM IA Sept 2017
• Committee member: Equity Climate Task Force for Iowa City Community School District Fall 2016
• Presenter: Healthcare Going Forward Conference for University of Iowa Labor Center Sept 2014

EDUCATION

THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Iowa City, IA
Certificate in Nonprofit Management Aug 2015
B.A. Spanish & Communications Studies, Media focus May 2006

RELEVANT COMMUNITY-BASED EXPERIENCE

Community Affairs Director, Co-founder, Board Member: Eastern Iowa Community Bond Project
Iowa City, IA, Jan 2017 – present

• Lead team member for community engagement, coalition building, and dissemination of bond project initiative
• Communications management, public relations advocate and media spokesperson
• Manage Network for Good donor management system and day to day facilitation of budget
• Lead team of volunteers to implement client-centered information and outreach to various stakeholders

Team Leader & Member: Iowa City Community School District, Immigrant Task Force
Iowa City, IA, Nov 2016 – June 2016

• Team member on immigrant task force development and election committee
• Co-led initiative for board approval of resolutions in support of immigrant students
• Community engagement lead in connecting UI Law Legal Clinic and other community groups to work collaboratively with the school district on immigration related issues

Volunteer Interpreter and Organizer: New Iowans Legal Advice Clinic Iowa City, IA, Jan 2016 – Dec 2016

• English/Spanish interpretation for clients utilizing legal advice clinic
• Assistance with promotion and community outreach to immigrant populations in Johnson County

Volunteer Steering Committee: Iowa City Bike Library Iowa City, IA, June 2013 – Dec 2016

• Communications strategist for steering committee, including social media; contribution to website
• Community outreach and events planning
• Promoted the mission of the bicycle library: to help support sustainable transportation, safety, and general health and well-being of Johnson County residents by utilizing bicycles for recreation and commuting purposes

Various Community Activities Johnson County, IA

• Volunteer Coles Bilingual Book Club: Summer 2016, Volunteer Ride4Youth Superstar: 2014-2016, Contributor Little Village Magazine: 2013-2015, Volunteer Top Chef: 2014-2015, Volunteer Northside Oktoberfest: 2012-2016, Volunteer Project Holiday: 2011, 2012,2015, Volunteer Beyond the Hemline Fundraiser 2010, Administrative Staff and DJ KRUI 89.7 FM, The University of Iowa: 2003-2005, Volunteer Crisis Center Food Bank: 2002-2003

COMMUNICATIONS AND ADVOCACY

• Community Builders: Eastern Iowa Community Bond Project: Little Village Mag Video Jan 2018
• ‘We’re just talking about fair access to the system: the Eastern Iowa Community Bond Project helps people detained by ICE’: Little Village Mag, Jan 15 2018
• These Iowa City Clinics are about to celebrate 10 years of helping thousands of area children: Iowa City Press-Citizen, May 5th
2018
• Plan to support immigrant students enacted by the Iowa City School Board: Iowa City Press-Citizen, March 28th 2017
• Local group provides money, legal help for detained immigrants: CBS2 Iowa, March 24th 2017
• Project aims to help undocumented immigrants post bond: KCRGTV9 March 14th 2017
• Iowa: Here to stay, aqui para quedarnos!: CWJ Iowa March 3rd 2017
• Resolution would direct immigrant inquiries at schools to superintendent: Iowa City Press-Citizen Feb 28th 2017
• Benefit concert at Near Future puts music to work fighting against deportation: Little Village Mag, Feb 23rd 2017
• Iowa City schools seeks to reaffirm immigrant students’ rights: Iowa City Press-Citizen, Feb 1st, 2017
• On two wheels: tips for biking through the winter: Little Village Mag Dec 18th 2014