Nora is the Director of Community Partnership and Development in the Center of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI). Her responsibilities include developing and strengthening partnerships throughout the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) region which includes the Schools of Medicine, community based organizations and clinics and other strategic partners. She also partners with student organizations and professional groups to collaborate in developing mentoring and educational opportunities across our campuses. She is also developing connections with our alumni.
Nora is of Mexican origin. Her father and his family immigrated into this country from Mexico as migrant farmworkers. She was born and raised in Eastern Washington where her family settled. She was the first in her family to obtain a college education.
Nora also works with the University of Washington Latino Center for Health as the Coordinator of Community Partnerships, with the goal of growing research opportunities for those interested in Latino Health issues throughout the WWAMI region. For further information see Latinocenterforhealth.org.
As a Commissioner for the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs Nora’s area of interest is in health inclusive of mental, physical and environmental health. Because of this role, she currently participates on the Governor’s Interagency Council on Health Disparities; the Speaker of the House Task Force on Mental Health; and the Governor’s Council on the Healthiest Next Generation.
Nora has an MSW from the University of Washington and has completed her coursework for an MPH with an emphasis on maternal and child health, as well as coursework towards a PhD in social welfare. Being on the commission seemed a natural fit.