A native of Mexico, Fernando Piñeda-Reyes has more than 20 years’ experience in community engagement. He founded and leads CREA Results (Community + Research + Education + Awareness), a social enterprise specialized in authentic community engagement in 2006. He is also the Director of Community Engagement for the Puerto Rico Public Health Trust.
He has extensive experience working with local and state agencies and foundations. His work includes recent high-profile initiatives including the Partnership of Academicians and Communities for Translation executive committee where he serves as Chair, and recently served for the work group for the Institute of Medicine report for the National Center to Advance Translational Sciences, He provided services to many organizations and businesses developing a community-wide outreach strategy to address health disparities through the state of Colorado.
He’s also gained valuable experience working with federally funded programs including the Environmental Protection Agency grants Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) and Community Action for Renewable Environment (CARE), Housing and Urban Development (HUD) research programs and Community Based Participatory Research programs (CBPR) and Translational Research (CTSA/NIH) He has been an active member of the Denver community and served on the board of Metro CareRing. He served as a commissioner for the Early Childhood Leadership Council and in the National Steering Committee of Promotores de Salud from HHS/OMH. He serves in the APHA governing council Community Health Workers Section. Fernando was among the first certified facilitators of PLTI in the state of Colorado.
He has managed over 60 health and education programs for Denver Public Schools, Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the University of Colorado and the Colorado Health Exchange. Fernando has dual degrees in Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Fernando is the proud father of three children and lives in Denver and in Puerto Rico.