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UMKC Institute for Human Development

 

Welcomes New Alianzas Project Coordinator

 

Gerardo R. Martinez assumes the duties of Alianzas (Alliances) Project Coordinator.

Martinez brings his experience working with the Hispanic/Latino community in various roles at Mattie Rhodes Center, a Kansas City non-profit serving Latino families, the Local Investment Commission of Kansas City (LINC), and with public schools and local non-profits.

Gerardo began his career in the business sector, working in sales and international client relations for 20 years, before finding his passion for helping Latino families access resources available to them. For eight years, he worked with Hispanic families at Mattie Rhodes, including those with children with developmental disabilities.

At Mattie Rhodes, Martinez also worked with University of Missouri Extension on a program called “Eating from the Garden.” The MU Extension program assists schools in establishing gardens, along with providing a children’s curriculum focused on gardening and healthy eating. Martinez helped found both a neighborhood garden in Northeast Kansas City and a weekly Latino Farmers’ Market. The market offers low-income families a place to buy and sell fresh, locally-grown foods, and learn business skills. He earned “Master Gardener” status through University of Missouri Extension in 2011.

Gerardo's other experiences as a school liaison with LINC and a board member of two local non-profits gave him many opportunities to bring attention to often overlooked needs of the Latino community. Martinez is excited to bring his energy and knowledge to work across the state of Missouri through Alianzas.

“Alianzas was born out of University of Missouri Extension with the intent to address the needs and concerns of the Latino population, as well as to promote greater inclusion and integration in the larger community,” said Martinez. “We want Alianzas to really become its name – Alliances – a promoter of strong partnerships across the state and region.”

You can reach Gerardo R. Martinez at martinezgr@umkc.edu and at 816.235.1768.