Candidate for At-large Board of Director Member
Statement of Intent
As a board member of HLA, I aim to not only progress the Hispanic government relations community within Washington D.C., but also further the interests of the broader Hispanic community in the DMV area. As a new general member of HLA, I was particularly struck by the organization's work with La Clínica del Pueblo. After working in health policy for three years, one of my passions is increasing healthcare access for people of color. I hope to support and expand HLA's work in the healthcare space, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its disproportionate effect on my community. I am particularly interested in social determinants of health (SDOH) that affect Hispanic and Black communities, like affordable housing and nutrition. I would love to work with members of Congress that have a good working relationship with HLA to bring awareness to issues that might improve the lives of Latinos in the DMV community.
I have been a lobbyist for the American Medical Group Association for three years. As a representative for some of the most progressive health systems and medical groups in the country, I have worked on various policies aiming to improve chronic care management and mental health and substance use disorder, among others. I am currently invested in improving access to fresh healthy food for people in food deserts.
Prior to working at AMGA, I worked at a strategic communications firm, Hamilton Place Strategies, for a total of 2 years, where I handled a variety of portfolios of clients. I developed a knowledge of many different issue areas, ranging from trade policy, financial regulation, and healthcare policy.
I majored in Journalism and Political Science at New York University. I am a native El Pasoan, and still very much think of it, and its sister city, Juarez, as home. One of my favorite hobbies is cooking. I had the privilege of growing up with some of the best homemade menudo, pozole, enchiladas, and chile con queso, and only recently have I begun to appreciate how important it was to me that I preserve some of my mother and grandmother's traditions through cooking. I also regularly volunteer with Humane Rescue Alliance, and am a member of the DC Road Runners.