Dr. Andrea Iglesias

CEO/Executive Director andrea@urbanhp.org

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Dr. Andrea Iglesias joined Urban Health Partnerships as the Interim Executive Director in 2016, became Executive Director in 2017 and  has been serving as the CEO since January 2019. She holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and brings experience as a clinician, outreach and community engagement director, administrator, consultant, and teacher. She has held leadership positions at universities, in state and national associations, and as the principal of a diversity and inclusion consulting firm. Additionally she is an adjunct professor at the University of Miami. Through her background in clinical psychology, Andrea has had the privilege of witnessing thousands of individuals’ stories. She has worked to translate the insight and voices from these lived experiences, along with research and best practices in clinical and community psychology, to co-design   culturally informed practices, policies, and programs to foster healthier and more inclusive communities. Andrea has a special interest in increasing mental and emotional well-being, equity, and improving the quality of life of all communities.



Isabel Rovira

Co-Founder/COO isabel@urbanhp.org

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Isabel Rovira is a co-founder and the COO, acting as the Director of Operations and Finance for UHP. She holds a Master’s in Public Health with experience in the public health sector, non-profit sector, and has also worked with governmental agencies. Isabel has experience in managing programs, grant writing and administration, and operations and administration for several organizations. She manages the Age-Friendly Initiative (AFI) and is passionate about creating safe and healthy spaces or all residents. Isabel has worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, and with other health related organizations in South Florida. Isabel has extensive experience in meeting planning and educational programming. Isabel is also a managing partner in UHP’s parent company, Urban Health Solutions.

Laurie Fucini-Joy

Director of Transportation Engineering & Planning laurie@urbanhp.org

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Laurie Fucini-Joy holds a Civil Engineering degree from Florida State University, and has over 15 years of experience working on transportation related projects, a decade of which was with the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). Prior to joining Urban Health, Laurie, worked for 8 years in Boston, MA. As a project manager, she was instrumental in providing guidance on the federal process from the planning through the construction stages on a variety of roadway and transit projects. Her work includes partnerships with State DOTs, Regional Transit Authorities, the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, and Project Management Oversight Contractors. Her experience includes providing stakeholders with requirements on federal programs such as funding sources, grant development, discretionary program requirements, accessibility requirements, and construction inspection. In 2014, Laurie joined the Urban Health team and has been leading the implementation of policy, systems, and environmental changes related to Complete Streets. Her focus is to continue to engage community members and governmental staff on the need for modal diversity in communities and its impacts on health. Integrated in her work is her passion for safe and efficient transit that is accessible by all and she looks forward to being a part of transit expansion in South Florida.

Alba Rubio

Administrative and Communications Specialist alba@urbanhp.org

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Alba Rubio joined UHP as the Administrative and Communications Specialist in March of 2018. Alba is currently a graduate student undertaking the Global Strategic Communications, Master of Science program at Florida International University. Alba holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Music Business from Berklee College of Music. She possesses over 9 years of experience in event planning, content creation, communications, marketing, and creative and programming support. Having earned experience through non-profit, music advocacy, and creative project management, she holds a strong passion for connecting her skills to help empower underserved communities. Alba engages and updates the UHP communicative platforms for all initiatives and provides both administrative and communications support to the UHP Board of Directors and staff.

Arely B. Lozano Cantu

Arely B. Lozano Cantu

Health and Community Development Program Manager arely@urbanhp.org

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Arely B. Lozano Cantu joined UHP as the Health and Community Development Program Manager in November 2018. She possesses over 7 years experience in community organizing, grass-roots approaches in education and research, management and development, community health, and in programming support and solutions. Having gained her skills through grass-roots organizing, youth and justice advocacy, and professional community and public health work, she holds a strong passion for amplifying resident voices and building, developing, and supporting strategic and impactful ideas, projects, programs, and initiatives aimed at improving health-empowerment and opportunities in underserved communities. Arely leads the Food For All Broward Initiative and oversees the Live Healthy Little Havana Initiative. Arely is fluently bilingual and holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies and a M.A. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a focus on Food Justice and Health in communities of color.

Jesse Cosme

Community Outreach and Training Coordinator jesse@urbanhp.org

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Jesse joined UHP as the Training and Outreach Coordinator in January 2020. He recently graduated from the University of Florida with his Masters degree in Sustainable Development Practice and he has a Bachelors degree in Sports Management. His Masters field practicum work focused on social movement collaboration among the Puerto Rico trans-national community during economic crisis and natural disaster recovery. Some of his focuses at the University of Florida were the intersects of gender and masculinity, colonization, migration, collaboration, social movements, and class antagonisms. He has 6 years of direct community organizing experience in Florida, most of that experience being concentrated in Broward County. During that time he has organized work around anti-incarceration, over-policing, anti-war, homelessness, gender, race, affordable housing, tenant empowerment, and working class and labor empowerment.

Sally Pope-Smyth

Evaluation Coordinator sally@urbanhp.org

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Sally Pope-Smyth has been working with UHP in a consultant role since 2013 and joined the team in 2019 as the Evaluation Coordinator. She holds a Masters of Public Health from New York University where she concentrated in International and Community Health. Sally has over 7 years of experience working in the field of public health on projects related to health equity in the built environment, women’s health literacy, and climate change. She brings her technical skills of monitoring and evaluation, project management, health impact assessment design and implementation to the UHP team. Sally is passionate about using monitoring and evaluation to tell the story about the impact of the built environment on the health and vitality of communities and to help stakeholders work smarter for maximum outputs. Sally leads the design and implementation of evaluations across a range of UHP projects, including Live Healthy Little Havana, Activate Overtown and Live Healthy Miami Gardens.

Jennifer Cheek

Planning and Community Development Program Manager jen@urbanhp.org

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Jen joined Urban Health Partnerships as the Planning and Community Development Program Manager in March 2020. Prior to joining UHP, Jen served as Executive Director of the Farmers Market Coalition for seven years, working to measure, document and publicize the triumphs of farmers markets, while responding to the training, networking, and advocacy needs of the growing farmers market community. Before FMC, Jen worked at the design and urban planning firm AECOM, where she collaborated with numerous municipalities and government agencies to create civic meeting spaces, preserve natural areas, and design parks and gardens all over the U.S. She worked closely with community stakeholders to research and distill data, build consensus, create educational materials, and craft plans and policies. She holds a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning degree from the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan.

Elizabeth Howard

Healthy Policies Project Assistant beth@urbanhp.org

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Beth began working for UHP in January 2020 as the Healthy Policies Project Assistant. She is currently on leave from her career as a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State and is enrolled full time at the University of Miami in the Community and Social Change Masters Program. Beth has over 10 years of experience working with communities overseas and with government agencies. Her work includes policy coordination for a civil society program, co-designed by the participants, that provided them with technology skills to address challenges in their communities. Her academic and professional interests are focused on how governments can support community-led change. She has a Master’s in International Management and a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice, with minors in Public Leadership and Linguistics from the University of Maryland.

Saskia St. Lot

Practicum Student 

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Yves Anne Benedicte Saskia St Lot is a senior at the University of Miami. She will be graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health in May 2020 with minors in Dance, Management and Psychology. She joined Urban Health Partnerships as a practicum student in January 2020. Her extracurricular activities during college have included interning with United Nations Population Fund in Haiti, where she worked on midwifery, maternal health, the 2020 Haiti census, and gender equality. She also completed the leadership and self-development training called Gratitude Training in December of 2019. She is currently coaching and captaining diverse parts of the Gratitude Training. She is choosing to focus on disease prevention and health promotion through community development and the built environment for her Public Health career.

Patricia Nicholas

Outreach Specialist patricia@urbanhs.com

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Patricia Nicholas joined Urban Health Partnerships as the Community Engagement Supervisor & Cohort Lead for Healthy Community Zones in December 2015 and currently works as an Outreach Specialist. She holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice and brings experience in supervision, policy writing and law enforcement. In addition, since 2016, she has been working within the House of Representatives to pass a bill entitled “TJ Alert” that is a rapid response alert system to locate missing persons with mental illness. Within Urban Health Partnerships, Patricia has coordinated and facilitated training for our community liaisons, implemented components to the TOUCH Healthy Community Zine Initiative and has been responsible for deepening relationships with community members, project leaders and residents.

Mary Soares

Project Coordinator mary@urbanhs.com

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Mary Soares joined Urban Health Partnerships as a Project Coordinator in February 2015. She has been integral in providing data analysis, outreach support, interviewing stakeholders, developing publications and community documents. Mary recently was awarded the University of Miami Institute for the Americas Field Research Grant to conduct Zika related research in Brazil. Mary has a B.S. in Biology, minor in Chemistry and a Master’s in Public Health.

Giancarlo Atassi

Project Assistant giancarlo@urbanhs.com

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Giancarlo Atassi joined Urban Health Partnerships as an intern in 2016 and after the completion of his capstone project he became a Project Assistant. He is a Master’s in Public Health candidate at The George Washington University with a concentration in Global Health, and will be matriculating at medical school at Northwestern in the fall. He graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Religious Studies, and his extracurricular experiences during and after college have included work with several nonprofits in areas as diverse as domestic minor sex trafficking, jazz appreciation, refugee rights, and maternal/child health in Bangladesh. He is planning on marrying his public health degree with his medical practice, with an interest in the built environment, health policy, and their relationships to community health. Giancarlo will continue working on UHP projects while completing his medical degree.