• What i do

    With 12 years of experience in the public sector, Catarina has worked as an educator as well as a nonprofit program manager. Her more recent work has focused on food equity and community engagement. In 2018, she was named to the "40 Under 40 in NYC Food Policy" list by the New York City Food Policy Center. She is also part of the 2019 national cohort of Community Food Systems Mentees with the Food Systems Leadership Network. She is a social entrepreneur, certified holistic health coach, and community organizer.


    She has organized the Washington Heights/Inwood Food Council, a grassroots food justice organization, since 2016. Most recently, she is the Co-Founder of ExplorEquity, a social impact travel company. She has extensive experience as a curriculum developer, facilitator, trainer, public speaker, and panelist. While her subject matter expertise is centered around her work in food equity and her training in public health and education, she is also available to speak on her life journey as a person living with legal blindness and her career journey as an ambitious Latina woman.


    "We were delighted to have Catarina contribute to our Food and Public Health: Bridging Research and Practice event. As a panelist, she was wonderful, knowledgeable, and engaging. She not only gave thoughtful responses but also facilitated dialogue among her fellow panelists." - Will Simmons, FPOP, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health


    "Catarina facilitated several Nutrition and Child Development Associate trainings for our family childcare providers. She is a great facilitator and extremely knowledgeable. Catarina’s expertise is very much appreciated." - K. Rodriguez, Committee for Hispanic Children and Families


    "Catarina was a dynamic guest speaker for our Food Studies 101 class. In her presentation titled 'Basil Grows in Inwood' she brought her experiences from the Washington Heights/Inwood (WHIN) Food Council to life with vivid imagery, and made the connection to food justice efforts taking place in New York City very real for our students to learn about. At the end of the class, she invited all the students to join her in events taking place at WHIN Community garden plot, and I saw how enthusiastic the students were in connecting with her." - Kathleen Delgado, Hostos Community College Food Studies program 

  • Experience

    A selection of past public speaking and consulting experiences

    Public Speaking

    • 2019 Latino Food Equity Conference
    • 2018 Just Food Conference
    • 2017 Closing the Hunger Gap Conference
    • 2017 Community Food Systems Conference
    • 2012, 2013, and 2016 Latinos in Social Media (LATISM) Conferences
    • Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
    • CUNY School of Public Health
    • Hostos Community College
    • CUNY in the Heights
    • Open Architecture Society

    Consulting Clients

    • The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc.
    • Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation
    • Community Association of Progressive Dominicans (ACDP)
    • Pick and Eat Restaurant
  • Services

    Skills and areas of expertise

    Trainings and Workshops

    Guest Lectures

    Panelist or Panel Moderator

    Curriculum Development

    Event Planning


    Project Management

    Writing and Editing

    Strategy Development

  • Education 

    Duke University

    Bachelor of Arts


    Bank Street College of Education

    Master of Science in Education

    Dual Language/Bilingual Education

    CUNY School of Public Health

    Master of Public Health

    Community Health Education

    Certified in Public Health

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