Brenda Gonzalez has been a consultant with Jeanan Yasiri Solutions, LLC since 2006 and brings more than 15 years of professional expertise to clients assisting them achieve benchmarks for cultural, language and outreach services. Gonzalez has specific expertise with cultural and linguistic services within health care delivery systems.
Gonzalez currently serves as Director of Community Relations for the University of Wisconsin-Madison serving as the primary point of contact with local community and nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining UW, Brenda was Diversity Manager with Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care. Previously she was Community Marketing and Health Equity Manager for Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin (GHC-SCW). GHC-SCW is rated #1 in Wisconsin by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Her roles in health care administration have include leading Interpreter Services, community outreach to vulnerable patients as well as managing health equity initiatives.
In 2013, Gonzalez was awarded the Hispanic Achievement of the Year Award by La Movida and MidWest Family Broadcasting.
From 2011-2013, Gonzalez served as Health Equity Career Development Coordinator with the UW Madison Collaborative Center for Health Equity. There she was responsible for planning the CCHE annual Health Equity Leadership Institute. She also contributed to the recruitment of new health equity scholars to the UW-Madison campus and supported multiple community-academic research and education training initiatives within the Center.
From 2007-2011, Gonzalez was Deputy Director of New Routes to Community Health, a national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. New Routes is designed to improve immigrants' health, work life, and civic participation through the creation and support of local partnerships among immigrant organizations, media production centers, and established community institutions.
Gonzalez served as the Manager of Interpreter Services and Cultural Outreach at Dean Health System in Madison, Wisconsin from 2000-2007. In that role she supervised staff and contract interpreters who collectively speak and interpret more than 35 different languages. Under Brenda’s leadership the staff promoted and ensured the access to health care for Limited-English-Proficient (LEP) and Deaf and Hard of Hearing patients. In addition she conducted Cultural Competency trainings for clinical and administrative staff across the community. She has been active in advancing state and national standards for medical interpreters through her work on the Wisconsin Coalition for Linguistic Access to Health Care and the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care.
In 2005, Gonzalez was appointed by the City of Madison Mayor to the Affirmative Action Commission. She is an active member of the Latino Chamber of Commerce, the Latino Health Council of Wisconsin, the Dane County Health Care Providers Interpreter Program and she has served as an executive committee member of the Latino Support Network, a Board member of the Dane County Immunization Coalition and a member of the Dane County Neighborhood Child Health Coalition. She was the Co-Chair of the United Way Diversity and Inclusiveness Committee, a member of the United Way Healthy for Life Community Solutions Team and Mental Health Sub-committee and a member of the Vision Council.
Gonzalez currently serves on the Board of Directors of United Way of Dane County. She has served as tbe Board President of Centro Hispano of Dane County and is an active volunteer for the South Madison Health and Family Center and a consultant for the Wisconsin Diabetes Advisory Group, the Diabetes Control Program and the Wisconsin Association of Perinatal Care. In her free time Brenda enjoys volunteering for Dane Dances and Amigos de las Americas.
Brenda González was raised in Mexico City. She holds a B.A. in Social Psychology from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana – Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico and has completed graduate courses in Communicative Disorders and Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Following her academic studies, Brenda worked for the Madison Department of Public Health as an Outreach Specialist with a focus on drawing community connections on behalf of Latino clients.