Luz Corcuera was born in Peru and moved to Florida from Toronto, Canada, in August 2000, where she practiced family and group therapy; she remains a clinical member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists. In addition, she obtained a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry in 2003.
Luz has a proven track record in community-building and engagement. She previously served as Program Director for Healthy Start Manatee and as a Community Health Director for the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County. Luz is passionate about education, health, cultural competency, and understanding the social determinants influencing socio-economic wellbeing. Her significant work includes developing and overseeing diverse community-based initiatives to empower underserved and at-risk communities via prevention and education.
As an immigrant woman, Luz knows firsthand the challenges of integrating into a new community and sees education as the path out of poverty—values that she instilled in her own children from a very early age. She also understands the struggles of talented young people who may not have had the same opportunities that her children had to realize the American Dream. She is committed to working with any individual and organization that promotes these opportunities for our young population.
Luz has been recognized with numerous awards for building strong relationships in the Manasota region with private, public, faith-based, and civic organizations to close the education achievement gap, reversing negative health trends, and empowering people to civic integration.
Luz is honored to be joining the UnidosNow Dream Team.
Contact Luz Corcuera at [email protected]