Director of Government Affairs and Legislative Policy, Cuban American National Council
Alicia Diaz is an energetic professional with a dynamic personality and a strong commitment to public health and diverse communities. She recently returned to the non-profit sector to take over the position of Director of Government Affairs and Legislative Policy for the Cuban American National Council’s DC office, an office she launched in 2002 and has guided through unprecedented expansion and growth over the years.
Prior to this she served as Director for the Americas in the Office of Global Health Affairs in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She also was a Senior Associate at HMA Associates, Inc. in Washington, DC, where she served as deputy director of a national HIV prevention project, overseeing and managing an integrated marketing health communications project for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and Director of New Jersey's Center for Hispanic Policy Research and Development in the New Jersey State Department of Community Affairs.
Diaz has been able to combine her vast multi-sectorial experience into a parallel career as a private contractor focused on the development and execution of strategic expansion programs in the areas of health and education. She's fluent in English, Spanish and French and well versed in international health matters as well as domestic issues. Her knowledge transcends cultural, ethnic and political issues affecting health in the U.S. She understands well the intricacies of local, state and federal governments and international agencies.
Born in Cuba, Diaz attended elementary school in Hudson County, New Jersey and graduated from Rutgers University. She holds a master's degree in Psychology and French; she also attended the Universite Francois Rabelais, in Tours, France; and for twelve years directed a study abroad program in Caen and Dijon, France. She's received numerous honors including being recognized twice by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the U.S.