Board Member National Organization of Weed and Seed- Served on a national board representing the Midwest District that promoted best practices and strategies to successfully implementing Weed and Seed in communities.
Chief Selection- Commissioned by the City of Saint Paul City Council to serve on 16 person advisory council as a representative of the Latino Community to select the Chief of Police.
Children's Family Community Initiative- Committee member overseeing program promoting local leadership and decision-making through a targeted grant making and community organizing program to improve the lives of children and families in the Frogtown and Summit-University neighborhoods Civilian Police Academy- An academy that educates the citizens with the operation of their police department while obtaining valuable feedback from those citizens on how to improve police services.
Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce: Leadership Saint Paul Saint -Graduated program, which brings together high-caliber current and emerging leaders from all sectors of the Saint Paul/East Metro area and introduce them to topics impacting the community.
Shop with Cops: Frogtown-Summit University: This programs purpose is to foster positive relationships between youth and officers.
Young kids, K - 6th grade are selected each year during the end-of-the-year holiday season to shop at one of the local area stores to purchase gifts for members of their immediate family.
Assistant Professor07/2007 － CurrentSchool of Education, Graduate Teaching Licensure GTL, College of St Scholastica
A faculty member teaching in the GTL Program, responsible for establishing student teaching experiences, and for creating an educational environment within the GTL program that supports and values the contributions of diverse students.
Some other activities included but were not limited too: Providing recruitment, support, and mentoring services to students in a culturally-sensitive manner; Meeting with students individually and in groups to provide advising, tutoring, study skills workshops, advisement, career counseling, leadership development, and celebrations of achievements and academic honors; Serving as a faculty role model by teaching in areas of expertise within the GTL curriculum; Working collaboratively with other GTL faculty to establish student teaching experiences in schools with a high proportion of students of color; Functioning as a clearinghouse for information on scholarships, internships, graduate programs, conferences, and employment.
Providing support services related to the teacher licensure process; Implementing faculty development initiatives to assist all program personnel to work more effectively with students of color.
Diversity Training Coordinator03/2005 － 07/2007Minnesota Youth work Institute University of Minnesota
Responsible for coordinating, organizing and planning community-based education, training and professional development programs in youth development and diversity for the Minnesota Youth Work Institute and the Center for 4-H Youth Development.
Some other activities included but were not limited too: Deliver diversity and youth development programming to audiences served by the Minnesota Youth Work Institute and the Center for 4-H Youth Development Develop curriculum plans, training manuals, and other instruction materials with an emphasis on community youth development and diversity Represent the program to community and cultural organizations and individuals.
Serve as a liaison between the Institute and community organizations around customized training focused on community priorities Identify programming needs for adults working with youth particularly around issues of diversity Assist with the identification of funding sources and proposal preparation.
Assist in all phases of program implementation and evaluation.
Write, edit, assess and implement training designs for professionals and other audiences Make connections and maintain collaborations between the Institute and community youth-serving practitioners and organizations to improve program quality and leadership practices and strengthen positive out-of-school time experiences for young people Participate in the development of an on-going youth worker trainer/facilitator support networks, training events and communities of practice to support diversity programming Coordinate and develop plans and systems for program evaluation and accountability.
Gather and analyze data for reporting and impact assessment.
Community Program Manger06/2002 － 03/2005Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
As a special assignment through the Wilder Foundation was responsible for the development and implementation of multicultural work.
Activities included, facilitating workshops on Multi-Cultural Alliance Building both for youth and adults.
The workshops are aimed at helping participants gain a new respect for themselves and others, by fostering an appreciation of their own cultural and ethnic background and the ethnic and cultural backgrounds of others.
Some other activities included but were not limited too: Created El Cruce De La Frontera, an experiential learning activity which provides an oral presentation on the background of Mexican people, including an explanation of the different groups under "Latin" culture, a brief history of Mexico and the its relationship with the United States and a physical reenactment of an illegal border crossing and the immigrant experience.
Developed an internal presentation to Wilder staff increase awareness and understanding on the history of immigration between Mexico and the United States and the culture of Mexican people.
Facilitated Project FYI- customized diversity-training sessions for non-profit organization working with youth and adults.
Developed and delivered contracts, with organizations such as Project Common Ground to conduct cultural simulations for their encampment.
Weed and Seed Program Manager08/1999 － 03/2005Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Weed and Seed helps communities with high incidences of crime bring together people and resources to prevent and control crime and improve the quality of life.
The strategy aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime and gang activity.
It is a community-based, innovative, and comprehensive multi-agency approach to law enforcement, crime prevention, and neighborhood restoration.
Some duties included but not limited too: Coordinated efforts with the Weed and Seed Advisory Committee, which includes youth serving organizations, local law enforcement, city council, county commissioner, city, county and US attorneys office, faith based as well as several grassroots and non-profit organizations, to establish strategic direction of the Weed and Seed strategy by identifying objectives to achieve strategy goals.
Designed and developed programs and provide guidance on implementation.
Drafted grant applications, annual budgets, monthly, quarterly and financial reports, audit documents, and initiate and administer contracts for services.
Regularly monitor funding available for crime prevention, community policing, and community activities and submit grant proposals.
Planned and implemented community-wide events such as Reclaim the Community Month, Shop with Cops, National Night Out and Summer of Peace.
Oversaw the creation of a neighborhood directory.
Work with area residents, as well as neighborhood, city, county, state, and other government agencies to coordinate and facilitate initiative goals.
Trained by Wilder Research Center to use Logic Models to create and conduct program evaluations.
Supervised VISTAs (Volunteers In Service To America) and other volunteers assigned to program.
Coordinated and supported youth development efforts in Frogtown Neighborhood, such as community youth organizers, Youth Leadership for Vital Communities, Campfire USA, House that Promises Built.
9 2014Master of Public Affairs:Hamline University - Educational DoctorateEducational Doctorate
1 1Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota
12 2002Bachelor of Arts:Metropolitan State University - Human ServiceHuman Service
RECOGNITION Special Recognition Award of Service-Youth Initiative Mentoring Academics 2004 Certificate of Recognition - City of Saint Paul 2004 Paul and Shelia Wellstone Award for Public Action and Academic Excellence 2007 Saint Paul Police Department Chief's Award -2012 Eleven Who Cares Award - 2012 Excellence Award Service to Community - College of Saint Scholastica 2012