• 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 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


  • Experience

    A selection of projects and editorials I've been involved with:

    Public Speaking and Services

    • Trainings/workshops
    • Guest lectures
    • Panelist
    • Panel moderator
    • Conference presenter
    • Motivational speaker
    • Curriculum developer
    • Bilingual facilitation
    • Consulting
    • Event planning
    • Strategy development
    • Project management
    • Grantwriting

    Past Public Speaking

    • 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
    • EntrepreneuershipEDGE
    • Public Prep
    • PS 178, New York CIty
  • 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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