I currently serve as Special Assistant to Montgomery County, MD Executive Marc Elrich providing advice and direction on health, human services, early childhood and immigrant integration strategy.
I am also the president of Otero Strategy Group, an innovative consulting practice integrating education, health, human services and community development supports, with a focus on socially responsible policy and practice. As president, I advise nonprofits, philanthropy and local governments on strategic planning, policy development and strategies for funding.
I served for four years as Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services with the D.C. Government. Prior to that, I led CentroNia, a nationally recognized child and family services organization serving over 1,200 children and their families, for 25 years. In this work I developed DC Bilingual Public Charter School and multiple child development sites throughout the Washington region.
Additionally, I have a wide range of international experience and have served on numerous local and national boards, including boards of education, hospitals and think tanks. I was the recipient of numerous awards for leadership, advocacy and public service including being named Washingtonian of the Year in 2000. I am proud to be on the board of Iona Senior Services and to join its wonderfully dedicated staff and volunteers in serving seniors in the District of Columbia.