I was born in Baton Rouge, LA in 1972. My parents are Cuban Americans who came to this country as teenagers during the Cuban Revolution. My father came to Louisiana in the late sixties to work for Dow Chemical as a Mechanical Engineer and stayed there for over 30 years until he retired. My mother, having married my father in Miami, came with him and worked as a Pharmacist for over 30 years until her retirement. Their strength and resilience during this difficult time is a testament to their character and to the types of parents they are to me and my sister. My sister is a Computer Engineer living in Gig Harbor, WA. I am a father of 4, three girls and one boy, who all attended OPSB schools. My oldest twin daughters recently graduated from LSU both as Civil Engineers. They attended and graduated from Audubon Charter and Ben Franklin High Schools. My youngest daughter and my little man both attend Audubon Charter. My wife, Tamia, and I have been together for 17 years. Her New Orleans roots run deep and provide the foundation for the lives of our children - I cannot imagine raising our children in any other city. Professionally, I focus a lot of my energies on community-based work. I assist community coalitions in strategic planning in order to create community changes that improve the lives of youth in their communities. This work requires me to collaborate with multiple sectors of communities. School leaders, business leaders, municipal government officials, law enforcement, non profits, healthcare and Faith-based sectors all convene in workgroups that I consult with as they work towards environmental changes in their communities that impact the lives of their youth.
I am the director of the community coalition LA Voz de la Comunidad which I co-founded and served as first chairman. If you are interested in what we do please visit us at www.LAVoznola.com.
I also am President of Evaluation Insights, Inc. If you wish to read more about what we do please go to www.evaluationinsights.com. I am active in two of my neighborhood associations, Carrollton Riverbend and Carrollton United. I often see the true beauty of Democracy practiced at my neighborhood meetings. Those meetings are where I forged relationships with my neighbors that have inspired me to run for school board. My campaign volunteers and core team all live in District 6. It is my desire to represent them, our children and our community’s best interests on the Orleans Parish School Board.