2016 Networking Breakfast Keynote Speaker: Carlos Velázquez

Posted May 21, 2016 at 6:44 PM

Carlos Velázquez has been in the health communications and policy field for over 20 years with local and national organizations working with diverse communities throughout the United States and abroad.

Mr. Velázquez has served as a senior administrator and executive with nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC, Virginia, Minnesota, and Nevada and has provided technical assistance and training to a large network of government agencies and corporations on community engagement strategies and eliminating health disparities among Hispanics.

He is currently the president of HMA Associates, a cultural communications firm located in Washington, DC. Mr. Velázquez is responsible for developing campaign partnerships within the public, private, and non-profit sectors. He manages national social marketing projects that address diverse health issues including tobacco control, HIV/AIDS, infant mortality, food insecurity, and adult immunization.

He has served on the boards of organizations such as the Nevada Museum of Art, Health Insight Council, Westside Medical Center, the Latino Network on Tobacco Control and Prevention and the American Civil Liberties Union in Nevada. He has also served on the Minneapolis Mayor’s Latino Advisory Committee; American Legacy Foundation-Steering Committee for Special Populations; the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence Steering Committee; the HIV Commission for the City of Alexandria; the Arts Commission and the Human Rights Commission for Arlington County.

Mr. Velázquez earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Nevada Reno and a Master of Arts in Communications from the University of the Pacific. He conducted doctoral work in Rhetoric and Communication at the University of Oregon and postgraduate research in counseling at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. He is an award winning speaker and writer and contributes as a blogger on sites dedicated to men’s health and social justice.