A native of Mexico, Fernando has more than 15 years experience in community engagement. He founded CREA Results, a social enterprise with his sister Diana in 2006.
He has extensive experience working with local state agencies and foundations. His work includes recent high-profile initiatives including the Partnership of Academicians and Communities for Translation executive committee where he serves as a vice-chair, and recently served for the work group for the Institute of Medicine report for the National Center to Advance Translational Sciences, he provided services to the Biennial of the Americas, LiveWell Colorado, Delta Dental, Denver Health Hospitals, Susan G. Komen, National Vaccines Prevention Office among others, also developing a community-wide outreach strategy to address health disparities through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).
He’s also gained valuable experience working with federally funded programs including the Environmental Protection Agency grants Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) and Community Action for Renewable Environment (CARE). Housing and Urban Development (HUD) research programs and Community Based Participatory Research programs (CBPR) and Translational Research (CTSA/NIH)
He’s been an active member of the Denver community and served on the board of Metro CareRing. He served as a commissioner for the Early Childhood Leadership Council and in the National Steering Committee of Promotores de Salud from HHS/OMH. He serves in the APHA governing council Community Health Workers section.
He has managed over 50 health and education programs for Denver Public Schools, Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the University of Colorado and the Colorado Health Exchange. Fernando has dual degrees in Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Fernando is the proud father of three children and lives in Denver with his wife Tracy.