Raquel joined Texas 2036 after eight years of state public health service in Texas, Colorado and Montana. She has worked on projects including Maternal and Child Health, including legislative reporting for the State Child Fatality Review Team Report, Adolescent Health, Children with Special Health Care Needs and Texas Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program.
In Colorado, Raquel worked as a statistical analyst for Vital Records creating data quality assurance programs and processes and as the federal data analyst for Colorado Child Welfare, coordinating work internally with programs and information technology while managing federal partner requirements.
Prior to Raquel’s state work, she worked with nonprofits both in Texas and Colorado including as a contractor for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as a national evaluation trainer for Systems of Care.
A native Houstonian, Raquel received her master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Houston and is the author of the 2005 report, A Situational Analysis of Dating Violence among Mexican American females associated with Street Gangs, published by Sociological Focus.