J. Carlos Velázquez, MA
President and CEO
For more than two decades, Carlos has been working to improve public health, by designing and implementing successful national and local prevention programs in the United States and abroad. He managed the nation’s largest capacity-building program on HIV prevention for Latinos. He developed a national HIV social marketing campaign in Australia and produced a documentary that chronicled the impact of HIV/AIDS in the Latino community in the United States. Through a partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Walgreens, he implemented a $10 million vaccine voucher initiative, which also involved several Latin American embassies in the United States. Carlos was instrumental in helping to develop the first Hispanic Risk Communications Model for the CDC.
Carlos has a distinguished career in the health field. His success is rooted in best practices in social marketing, with a strong emphasis on culture, language, and community. He has managed national health projects on seasonal influenza vaccination, HIV/AIDS prevention, hunger insecurity, tobacco control, infant mortality, poison control, domestic violence, cancer, and youth leadership.
He is an award-winning writer and speaker, as well as a community health advocate who has spoken at conferences and trainings throughout the United States and abroad in countries such as Ecuador, Mexico, Spain, Australia, Belize, Argentina, and the Dominican Republic.
He has a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nevada and a master’s degree in communications from the University of the Pacific.
Carlos enjoys working out, camping, hiking, and taking weekend trips to New York City to take in the theater season.