our centers

Phoenix

The Bienestar Program is a ministry in which we are blessed to have the opportunity to change thousands of lives in Central Florida where the Hispanic community is growing every single day. Behind the Bienestar Program there are passionate and trained professionals that want to bring this program to the families, churches and the community in Central Florida. Our goal is to have communities that live in wellness. Our approach is to create awareness of the importance of wellness focusing on mental, physical and spiritual wellness.

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Bienestar South Florida

We are excited for the opportunity to work with our South Florida Hispanic community! Bienestar’s goal is to improve the health of the community one family at a time by providing knowledge of about physical, mental and spiritual well being. It is our desire that every faith-based organization in South Florida will begin a Bienestar health initiative to work towards addressing the most important health needs of the families in their community.

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Puerto Rico

Bienestar Rio Grande Valley consists of a network of faith based organizations dedicated to improving the overall wellbeing of the Hispanic community, including body, mind and spirit.

In working with the McAllen community, the following information was gathered.

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Bienestar San Antonio

Are you a Faith based leader in San Antonio, Bexar county area and surrounding counties? Are you taking a stand and being proactive in your physical, mental and spiritual health? We want to partners with you!

Bienestar strives to bring awareness in regards to some critical components that deal with health for our leaders, churches and communities.

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about us

Urban Strategies is an organization that tools, connects, and resources grassroots organizations to serve children and families in communities throughout the United States and Latin America. Its mission is to develop strong healthy families, advance the school readiness of children, build engaged communities, and make a difference in the quality of life of vulnerable families. This mission is realized at the grassroots level through collaborative relationships with local community agencies and through partnership with faith based organizations. This mission forms the basis for the creation and funding of the Family and Child Academy/EHS Phoenix.

Funded by private and public resources, the Family and Child Academy is designed to provide early care and education comprehensive services to infants, toddlers, ,pregnant women and their families. Vital to the work of Urban Strategies Family Child Academy is our partnership with faith and community-based organizations in Phoenix and Puerto Rico. Through this partnership, we will provide comprehensive services to children and their families, to include education, health, nutrition, mental health, services to disabled children, services to pregnant women, and successful transition to the next phase of development for the children.

where we serve

Phoenix

Dr. Jesse and Susan Miranda Family Child Academy

In the Fall of 2017, the Dr. Jesse and Susan MirandaFamily Child Academy will begin serving infants and their families in partnership with our long-time friends at Neighborhood Ministries, a a highly respected, organization that has served the inner-city of Phoenix for more than 30 years to break the cycle of poverty by holistically serving and bringing life-transforming hope and power to families in their community. Together, we will providing comprehensive best-in-class services to 80 infants/toddlers and their families. For more information, please call (602) 718-1720.

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Puerto Rico

In the Winter of 2018, the Family Child Academy will begin serving 224 infants, toddlers and their families in partnership with faith-based organizations in the Puerto Rican municipalities of Bayamon, Guaynabo, and Ponce. Check back to this website for more information as this project develops.

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team members

Lisa Treviño Cummins

President

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Lisa Treviño Cummins

President

Lisa founded Urban Strategies out of her desire to make a difference within communities in need. Her professional career began in the banking sector, where she was a pioneer in community development efforts, providing national leadership that began in San Antonio. In 1998, she created Bank of America’s national initiative to work with faith-based organizations in the provision of financial services and products as well as in community development partnerships.

In 2001, Lisa was recruited to help launch the White House Faith and Community-Based Initiative. During her two-year tenure, Lisa was instrumental in creating initiatives that welcomed small community and faith-based organizations, advocated for increased accountability of federal resources, and encouraged the removal of barriers that prevent new entrants into the federal funding stream. Since leaving the White House, Lisa has been a catalyst for several initiatives that have resulted in more than $40 million in new programming primarily focused on the Latino community, including the formation of the multi-million dollar Chicago’s Family Bridges, FuturoNow Family Strengthening Initiative, and the Reclamando Nuestro Futuro adjudicated youth initiative. Lisa has also been a keynote speaker and subject matter expert, and has provided leadership in the Brookings Institute Hispanic Family In Flux Forum and a number of White House Regional Conferences.

Lisa earned her BS in Accounting from Trinity University San Antonio and her MBA from University of Texas in San Antonio. She currently serves on the boards of the Christian Community Development Association, the Seed Company, World Vision, and the Latino Advisory Group for the Campaign to Prevent Unwanted and Teen Pregnancies. Lisa, her husband, and their three children reside in the Washington, DC area.

Lorena Garza Gonzalez

Vice President

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Lorena Garza Gonzalez

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.

Matt Rueckert

Chief Financial Officer

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Matt Rueckert

Chief Financial Officer

Matt Rueckert is Chief Financial and Operating Officer for Urban Strategies. He is responsible for the leadership and management of finance, accounting, human resources, contracts/grants, and proposal and strategic support services. Matt joined Urban Strategies in 2010 and has over 25 years of financial management and programmatic experience, including his prior tenure as senior program control manager for DC-based Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), a leader in the information technology industry.  Matt also held a senior financial position at Macro International Inc. (acquired by ICF International Inc.).  Matt has also held programmatic positions at the Research Triangle Institute and Westat Inc.   Matt holds a B.A. in sociology from Mount Saint Mary’s College, an M.A. in applied social research from West Virginia University, and an Executive MBA from West Virginia University. 

Dr. Blanca Enríquez

Vice President of Early Education

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Dr. Blanca Enríquez

Vice President of Early Education

Blanca leads Urban Strategies efforts to expand and enhance early child education for children and families in need through faith and community-based organizations.  Most recently, Blanca served in a Presidentially appointed post as the National Director of the Office of Head Start (OHS), a federal program that provides early child education programs for more than 1 million children annually.   Prior to her national role, Blanca completed a 28-year career with the El Paso Head Start program as Executive Director, leading operations that served more than 4,500 children throughout 27 centers.   Blanca holds a Masters of Education degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and a doctorate of philosophy in education Administration from New Mexico State University.  Blanca resides in El Paso, Texas.

contact us

General Information

info@urbanstrategies.us

Business Development

lisacummins@urbanstrategies.us

Phone Number

202-368-3408

career and calling

Urban Strategies is looking for individuals who are not just interested in a job but in an opportunity to impact the lives of marginalized and vulnerable children and families. If you share our values for integrity, authenticity, and a strong work-ethic and want to use your experience and skills to make a difference, click here to explore opportunities to join our Urban Strategies family in serving vulnerable and marginalized children and families.

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