José was born in Durango, México. He came to Minnesota in 1975 to attend St. John’s University and eventually graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelors degree in psychology and a masters degree in social work. José has a variety of health and human service work experience, including county economic assistance and child protection programs, migrant farmworker support, child/adolescent in-patient psych units, public health clinics (school-based, family planning, & prenatal care), and spoken-language interpreter programs.
José’s most recent position before coming to OMMH was as a program officer with the Bush Foundation in Saint Paul. José also has served on numerous community boards, including as a trustee with the Minneapolis Foundation, Tubman Family Alliance, Centro, Inc., Minnesota Council on Foundations, and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees. He continues to serve on Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Advisory Committee for the Local Funding Partnership.