J. Carlos Velázquez, MA
President and CEO
For more than two decades, Carlos has been working to reduce health disparities by working with clients on campaigns and products in the United States and abroad. He managed the nation’s largest capacity-building program on HIV prevention for Latinos. He also 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.
Throughout his public health career, Carlos has educated and collaborated with clients on 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 asthma control. 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 been recognized for his community leadership and has supported groups such as the Arlington Community Foundation, Commission on Human Rights, the Commission for the Arts, the Commission on Aging, the Complete Count Committee and the Complete Vaccination Committee. 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. He completed doctoral research on mediation and conflict resolution at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.
Carlos enjoys working out, camping, hiking, and taking weekend trips to New York City to take in the theater season.