Vice President

Lorena providing strategic direction in all of Urban Strategies efforts.  As a Master Trainer and curriculum developer, Lorena has led several leadership development and capacity building initiatives including a 24-Cohort, five-year program for Head Start organizations throughout the country; a 12-Cohort capacity building initiative with San Antonio community-based organizations; and the Latino Best Start initiative working with a co-hort of 9 organizations throughout the country.  Dr. Gonzalez is currently leading Urban Strategies parent engagement work with Harvard’s Center for Parent Engagement as well as the transnational Cardone Leadership Institute with 300 individuals participating.  Prior to joining US, Dr. Gonzales designed and implemented key programs in a nationally acclaimed parenting education program.  Lorena serves on the boards of Network and Our Lady of the Lake University and has served as an adjunct professor in areas of leadership, multicultural dynamics, and community engagement. She earned a doctorate in Leadership Studies and a B.A. in Sociology/Psychology at Our Lady of the Lake.  She completed a Master’s degree in Bicultural Bilingual Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is also a graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Education Program.