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Alianzas is led by
Gerardo R. Martinez, Coordinator
Gerardo began his career in the business sector, working in sales and international client relations for 20 years, before finding his passion for helping Latino families access resources available to them. For eight years, he worked with Hispanic families at Mattie Rhodes, including those with children with developmental disabilities.
At Mattie Rhodes, Martinez also worked with University of Missouri Extension on a program called “Eating from the Garden.” The MU Extension program assists schools in establishing gardens, along with providing a children’s curriculum focused on gardening and healthy eating. Martinez helped found both a neighborhood garden in Northeast Kansas City and a weekly Latino Farmers’ Market. The market offers low-income families a place to buy and sell fresh, locally-grown foods, and learn business skills. He earned “Master Gardener” status through University of Missouri Extension in 2011.
Gerardo’s other experiences as a school liaison with LINC and a board member of two local non-profits gave him many opportunities to bring attention to often overlooked needs of the Latino community. Martinez is excited to bring his energy and knowledge to work across the state of Missouri through Alianzas.
Alianzas is housed at the
UMKC Institute for Human Development
215 W. Pershing Road, 5th floor
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 235-1768 Phone
(888) 503-3107 Fax
UMKC Institute for Human Development is located on the 5th and 4th floors of the Pershing Building, located at 215 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO. The main reception area for the Institute is on the 5th floor. The building is directly south of Union Station.