Currently, as Associate Director, Mil Familias Programs, at Sansum Diabetes Research Institute (SDRI), I manage research-education-care to prevent and address diabetes, cardio-metabolic conditions, and now COVID-19 in disproportionately impacted populations (predominantly Hispanic/Latino). I supervise a 9-person team to run a diverse portfolio of programs including Mil Familias, Farming for Life, and LatinoDiabetes.
I secure funding ($2M current annual budget), then develop and achieve objectives within budget. To do so, I coordinate collaboration with health, academic, industry, research, policy, and community allies. Responsibility for quality and integrity rests on my shoulders. I must constantly innovate and improvise to solve problems, and jump into the trenches alone or with help to assess, plan, act, and assure. My role requires strong interpersonal skills and bilingual Spanish-English communication, as evident in my frequent presentations and numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, including Lancet, Health Equity, Nutrition & Health and Social Science & Medicine.