Key Staff

Jane L. Delgado, Ph.D., M.S.
President and CEO

Dr. Delgado serves on the Board of Governors for Argonne National Labs (Chair, Compensation). She also serves on the Board of the Lovelace Biomedical Research Institute (Vice Chair, Chair Nominating); and, the U.S. Soccer Foundation. She served on the boards of the Board of Health Care Services for The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Kresge Foundation (16 year term); and, publicly traded companies (Adams Respiratory Therapeutics, Inc. makers of Mucinex® and Vestar, Inc. the biotechnology company that developed AmBisome) until they were acquired. She was appointed by the DHHS Secretary to the National Biodefense Science Board and was appointed by the Senate majority leader to the Mickey Leland National Urban Air Toxics Research Center (NUATRC) authorized by Congress. Dr. Delgado served on the national advisory council for Mrs. Rosalyn Carter's Task Force on Mental Health and is a member of BankInter’s Future Trends Forum in Madrid, Spain.

​Dr. Delgado is a highly respected and sought after thought leader and commentator. Her writing has appeared in Stat News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, El Mundo (Spain), and other publications. She is the recipient of many awards for her work. In 2015 she received the FDA Commissioner’s Special Citation, the Dr. Harvey Wiley Award which is the highest award given to a civilian. Other examples of recognition for her work include: 2019 Doctor of Letters by the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York, 2018 Latino Leaders named her to the 101 Most Influential Latinos in the U.S., 2017 Aztec Award Mexican American Opportunity Foundation, 2010, Ladies Home Journal named her one of the “Ladies We Love”; and, in 2008 WebMD recognized her as one of four Health Heroes for her dedication and resilience. A practicing clinical psychologist, Dr. Delgado launched her book series the Buena Salud® Guides in 2011. The series includes for “…a Healthy Heart,” “…Living with Diabetes,” “Overcoming Depression and Enjoying Life,” “…Arthritis and Your Life” (English & Spanish editions, HarperCollins, 2012), and "New No Gimmick Diet (Buena Salud Press, 2017). Previous books include the critically acclaimed “Salud-- The Latina Guide to Total Health “(HarperCollins 1997, 2002),“The Latina Guide to Health: Consejos and Caring Answers” (English & Spanish editions, Newmarket Press, 2010). “Salud— The Latina Guide to Total Health,” “The Latina Guide to Health: Consejos and Caring Answers”, and “The Buena Salud® Guide for a Healthy Heart,” were all chosen by the Library Journal as one of the best health books for the year they were published.

Dr. Delgado served in the Immediate Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Working under then DHHS Secretary Margaret Heckler, she was a key force in the development of the landmark “Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health.” Prior to working for DHHS, she held a variety of positions including Children’s Talent Coordinator for Sesame Street.

In 1981, she was awarded a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from SUNY Stony Brook and an M.S. in Urban and Policy Sciences from the W. Averell Harriman School of Urban and Policy Sciences.

Adolph P. Falcón, M.P.P.
Executive Vice President 
 

Mr. Falcón, Executive Vice President, provides leadership and management for the Alliance’s program portfolio and development efforts. He also oversees the science and policy portfolio of the Alliance, including serving as Director of the Alliance’s Healthy Americas Institute at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. A nationally recognized expert on Hispanic health policy, he played a leading role in the landmark Disadvantaged Minority Health Improvement Act of 1990 and most recently has been active in the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax Act, Personal Care Products Safety Act, and regulatory efforts to improve quality of care.

 

Mr. Falcón currently serves as principal investigator for the Healthy Americas Initiative supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Healthy Americas Fund supported by the Kresge Foundation developing the research to support and human and financial capital to foster healthy communities. He previously served as principal investigator for initiatives funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, Ford Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Newman’s Own Foundation among others. Mr. Falcón is a board member and treasurer of the National Human Services Assembly and ChangeLab Solutions and serves on the advisory boards of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, Partnership to Improve Patient Care, and Sesame Street in Communities among others. He previously served on the Boards of the Children’s Safety Network, Public Finance Project, U.S. Programs Committee of Save the Children, and the Welfare Information Network among others. 

 

In a career committed to the policies and services that serve the aspirations of Hispanic communities, prior to joining the Alliance Mr. Falcón was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Hispanic Policy, a Ziegler Fellow in Civil Rights and Human Liberties, a senior associate at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, and a family services program director at the Hill Health Center. He received his Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University.

Kevin L. Adams
Vice President of Finance and Operations 

Mr. Adams is the Vice President for Finance and Operations for the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (the Alliance). In this role, Mr. Adams assists in the management of operations and implementation of policies and procedures for the organization and oversees finance. He also monitors work and evaluates results to ensure that departmental and organizational objectives and operating requirements are met and are in line with the needs and mission of the organization. Mr. Adams currently oversees technology product deployment, directs all software and hardware procurement decisions, directs technical integration and operations activities, and directs in-service support staff.

In previous roles at the Alliance, Mr. Adams was the Vice President for Technology where he headed the Center for Technology and was responsible for strategic planning of the Alliance’s internal and external networks, web development and deployment, hotline database development, and Internet-based membership services. Prior to his work in the field of Technology, Mr. Adams began his career in the Finance Department at the Alliance in 1987.

Paul M. Baker 
Senior Director for Programs  
 

Paul M. Baker is the Senior Director for Programs at the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (the Alliance) where he oversees a variety of national, multi-site, and multi-year interventions focused on disease prevention and health promotion. As a part of these efforts, Mr. Baker works closely with Hispanic-serving community-based organizations (CBOs) and fosters collaborative relationships with multi-sector stakeholders at the local, state and national levels to improve health and access to quality care.


Mr. Baker currently serves as the Project Director for the Let’s Prevent Diabetes / Prevengamos la diabetes Program, a five-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he spearheads the implementation of the National Diabetes Prevention Program in partnership with eight CBOs around the country. During his tenure at the Alliance, Mr. Baker has directed similar projects including the Mobilizing Communities to Reduce Diabetes (MCRD) Program, a five-year initiative to implement evidence-based DSME interventions; the Proyecto Informar Capacity Development (PICD) Program, a six-year initiative to provide cultural proficiency trainings for U.S. health department leadership and capacity development technical assistance for CBOs; the Juntos Contra la Diabetes (JCD) Program, an eight-year initiative to connect communities with diabetes prevention and management services; and, the National Hispanic Colorectal Cancer Outreach and Education Program (NHCCOEP), a five-year initiative to promote the prevention and treatment of colorectal cancer. 

Before joining the Alliance, Mr. Baker worked at the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) on tobacco control and prevention; John Snow, Inc. (JSI) on the USAID-funded Family Planning Logistics Management (FPLM) and Opportunities for Micronutrient Initiatives (OMNI) Projects; and, as a volunteer ESL Instructor in Ecuador through WorldTeach, a non-governmental organization based at Harvard University’s Center for International Development. Mr. Baker received his Bachelor’s Degree from James Madison University.

Marcela Gaitán, M.P.H., M.A.
Senior Director for External Relations

​Marcela Gaitán, M.P.H., M.A., is Senior Director for External Relations at The National Alliance for Hispanic Health (The Alliance) in Washington, D.C. Ms. Gaitán serves as Project Director for a portfolio of initiatives at the Alliance including the Alliance/Merck Ciencia (Science) Hispanic Scholars Program, a partnership to improve Hispanic student access to higher education and degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); and Let’s Talk About Lupus/Hablemos del lupus, an initiative designed to increase Hispanic community awareness and knowledge about lupus, connect individuals to services in their community, and advance health care practitioners’ knowledge on diagnosis and treatment to improve outcomes for those with lupus. Ms. Gaitán also served as Project Director of Proyecto Informar FDA Hispanic Outreach Initiative to improve access for Hispanic consumers to FDA information and health messages, and enhance FDA outreach efforts in risk and emergency communications about the appropriate use of FDA-regulated products; Proyecto Ciencia® National Hispanic Outreach Initiative, an NIAID/NCMHD funded program that promoted the dissemination of information on innovative research opportunities for Hispanic scientists and students at multiple career levels and fostered new interest in health sciences and research careers; an AoA/RTI funded Alzheimer’s outreach initiative that aimed to identify community models of service that successfully implemented culturally proficient programs for Hispanic/Latino elders with Alzheimer’s; and, the National Hispanic Leadership Network for Tobacco Control (The Network), a tobacco control program funded by the CDC that aimed to establish a national Hispanic leadership movement for tobacco control grounded in community-based priorities and needs. As Senior Director for External Relations, Ms. Gaitán advises the Alliance on national health and human services policy and leads efforts to create leadership networks to improve the health and well-being of Hispanic communities. Focused on its health mission, the Alliance refuses funding from tobacco and alcohol companies.

Before joining The Alliance, Ms. Gaitán was an Associate Consultant with the International Health Training Program at the Pan-American Health Organization (WHO/PAHO). Ms. Gaitán received her Bachelor’s Degree from Amherst College, in Amherst, MA; a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies from The American University in Washington, DC, and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from George Washington University also in Washington, DC.

Edgar Gil Rico, M.B.A
Senior Director for Innovation and Program Development

Edgar Gil Rico is the Senior Director for Innovation and Program Development at the Alliance. He has worked on efforts improving health outcomes in Hispanic communities in the areas of cardiovascular health, physical activity, and environmental health. Mr. Gil Rico is currently working on initiatives that foster the sustainability of community-based organizations (CBOs) and efforts to harness new technologies to create communities of health and deliver timely health information to consumers.

Mr. Gil Rico worked in finance before moving to the non-profit sector. He received his Master's in Business and Community Development from the Copenhagen Business School and has completed advanced Executive Training in Non-Profit Management and Evaluation at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Gladys Mendoza, MHA
Director for Special Initiatives in the Office of the President 

Gladys Mendoza, MHA, is the Director for Special Initiatives in the Office of the President.  Ms. Mendoza is responsible for board relations, donor initiatives, and incubating Alliance program initiatives. She has been with the Alliance 10 years and has overseen programmatic and financial operations of several multi-state initiatives. As a Certified Application Counselor she has  provided counseling in Spanish and English to over 500 persons during the first two ACA open enrollment periods.  Further she has coordinated media support of Alliance information campaigns during both open enrollment periods.  Ms. Mendoza was the Project Director for  “Diabetes Se Puede Controlar: Community Health Champions,” with sites in Los Angeles and New York. This program developed and tested an evidence based intervention.  She serves on the Board of Directors for the Rosemount Center in Washington, D.C.​

Ms. Mendoza received her Master's in Health Care Administration from the University of Maryland.