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Héctor Sánchez-Flores | National Compadres Network (NCN)
Héctor Sánchez-Flores is the Executive Director, National Compadres Network (NCN), an organization that utilizes La Cultura Cura: Transformational Healing to support culturally-centered programs in the spaces of Boys and Men of Color, Latino-indigenous youth, racial equity, family-parental strengthening, and youth leadership development for girls and boys.
NCN has curated partnerships with organizations and funders working to develop healing-centered supports that build on the ancestral wisdom and resilience that our children, families, and communities possess. NCN supports the development of healing within communities affected by trauma and racism in order to build an interconnected voice and strategy to create culturally rooted solutions to stimulate and sustain transformational and equitable change.
Prior to working with NCN, Héctor served as a Senior Research Associate for 12-years with the Phil Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco. Prior to joining UCSF, he oversaw the development of innovative prevention programs that engaged diverse segments of the community and stakeholders in Santa Barbara County.
Héctor resides in San José, California with his wife, Lucy Ramos-Sánchez and their two children, Diego & Sophia. Héctor is first generation Mexican-American and is bilingual-literate in Spanish.
Myra Jones-Taylor is the Chief Policy Officer at ZERO TO THREE, the national leader on infant-toddler policy and program development. There, she leads the development and implementation of the organization’s policy agenda, priorities and strategies; oversees the Policy Center, which includes federal and state policy and advocacy; and serves as the principal spokesperson for the organization on public policy matters with policymakers, the media, funders and partner organizations.
Prior to this role, Myra served as Connecticut’s founding Commissioner of Early Childhood, leading the cabinet-level state agency responsible for early care and education, home visiting, early intervention and child care licensing in the state, serving all children from birth through age five. During her time as Commissioner, the state agency was awarded $50 million in new, competitive federal grants and expanded access to high-quality preschool to 25 percent more three- and four-year-olds.
Myra received her doctorate in American studies and anthropology from Yale University. She has the honor of being both an Ascend Fellow and a Pahara Fellow at the Aspen Institute. She writes and speaks about race, racial identity and social inequality. You can find her writing and speaking about these issues in The Atlantic and on the podcast The Longest Shortest Time. She is also an active board member of national organizations committed to equity and supporting the needs of young children and families, including All Our Kin, the Irving Harris Foundation and LIFT Communities. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two children.