Associate Director of Marketing and Communications
Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dr. Carina Marquez and Rebeca Patino Join MEDA Board, Bringing Expertise in Health and Finance
Scaling MEDA’s Board to better serve the Latinx and immigrant community of San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 24, 2022 — The Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) has announced that Dr. Carina Marquez (photo, left) and Rebeca Patino (photo, right) have joined their Board. The MEDA Board now comprises 11 members. With lines of business ranging from real estate and a CDFI to asset-building programs and health equity, MEDA has been expanding its Board to bring needed expertise and the best ideas to the table.
“We are honored to have Carina and Rebeca become part of our Board – and part of the MEDA family,” said Luis Granados, CEO of MEDA. “Both of our new members are experts in their fields and will bring an equity lens to our work, especially around health and finance. This aligns with MEDA’s idea that health is wealth.”
Dr. Carina Marquez is Associate Professor of Medicine and an infectious diseases physician/researcher at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Marquez has dedicated her medical career to serving Latinx and underserved communities, a commitment stemming in part from her personal history, as her father emigrated from Mexico. A major part of Marquez’ work is providing primary care at “Ward 86,” the HIV clinic at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG). As the lead of the SALUD clinic, which is housed within “Ward 86,” multidisciplinary, culturally relevant care to monolingual Spanish-speaking patients living with HIV is provided. During the COVID-19 pandemic, which disproportionately affected San Francisco Latinos, Marquez partnered closely with the Latino Task Force on community-based research and advocacy on low-barrier testing and wraparound services for people who test positive for the virus.
Rebeca Patino is an experienced private-banking relationship manager with three decades in banking and showcasing a strong underwriting/lending background. She offers expertise in negotiating transactions and developing customized solutions for private banking clients, inclusive of wealth management, deposits and trust services offerings. This includes underwriting for a number of MEDA Small Sites Program purchases of apartment buildings, keeping in place tenants vulnerable to eviction. Rebeca is an effective communicator of proposals, management and retention of premier client relationships.
“As a physician who works to promote health equity, I have always been impressed with MEDA’s core values and leadership to address the many factors that affect community health, such as affordable housing, education and the prosperity of small businesses,” said Dr. Carina Marquez. “The way MEDA rose to meet the Latino community’s needs during the COVID-19 was inspiring. I am so honored to join the MEDA Board.”
“I am honored to join MEDA’s Board of Directors to be part of an organization with core values parallel to mine. I want to be an advocate and a voice for our Latino community to bring awareness of our successes and challenges we face. ¡Sí, se puede!,” said Rebeca Patino. “My mantra is: ‘Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.’ – Anonymous author.”
MEDA welcomes Dr. Carina Marquez and Rebeca Patino to the MEDA Board and looks forward to the continued impact they will make in the low-income Latino and immigrant community of the Mission, and beyond.
About Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)
Rooted in San Francisco’s Mission District, MEDA is advancing a national equity movement by building Latino prosperity, community ownership and civic power. We envision generations of Latino families choosing where to call home, thriving economically, succeeding in learning opportunities, and leading policy and social change toward a more equitable society.
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