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Luisa Saenz is the director of the Rio Grande Valley office of CDF-Texas and has been one of CDF's primary Spanish language spokespeople for nearly ten years. As director of the Rio Grande Valley office, she has extensive expertise in community organizing in tax benefits outreach, child health outreach and youth leadership development and is well-versed in issues facing the Hispanic/Latino community along the Mexico border. During her tenure at CDF, Ms. Saenz helped organize and establish the 100+ Children’s Health Coalition of the Rio Grande Valley to more effectively advocate for children’s right to health coverage in the region.
Prior to coming to CDF, Ms. Saenz held management positions with the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services and the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation where she helped organize advisory councils in 19 counties, coordinated award-winning volunteer projects and was selected as one of the top ten state employees.
Along with extensive government and non-profit accounting experience, Ms. Saenz has a versatile business background including import-export company ownership. She is also currently the lead partner of Learning and Teaching Concepts, a minority-owned small business that provides planning and management training for parenting, early childhood development and child care centers.