Mariana Ledezma-Amorosi has held the position of Community Development Coordinator within the Center for Public Health Practice at the Colorado School of Public Health since 2009, and was recently named Assistant Director for the Community-Campus Partnership. She was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico and moved to Denver in 1999, to begin her career in community development. She has worked for the City of Aurora, Adams County and The Stapleton Foundation spearheading community development activities prior to joining the Colorado School of Public Health. As part of her professional experience Mariana has worked directly with residents and community based organizations to increase their capacity in the areas of community engagement, advocacy and leadership development. She has worked with the Latino and Hispanic population in both, government and nonprofit sectors. She has served as a Liaison for the newly arrived immigrant population and has expertise in facilitating cross-cultural discussion groups; conducting state-wide community assessments, working in the areas of public health, community and economic development, affordable housing, nutrition and wellness programs and neighborhood revitalization activities. As an immigrant, she can relate to and understand different challenges and issues the Latino and Hispanic population face and has the ability to work with groups that are diverse in terms of culture, language and socio-economic status and communicate effectively. She is fully bilingual and bicultural.