Before joining CHAP, Raquel was a Senior Program Officer at The Nicholson Foundation, where she led $9 million in grantmaking on population health, telehealth, and maternal and child health. The initiatives she launched included the Colette LaMothe-Galette Community Health Worker Institute, the Doula Learning Collaborative, and a New Jersey Telehealth hub.
Prior to Nicholson, Raquel served as Deputy Director of the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services for the New Jersey Department of Human Services. In this role, she modernized New Jersey’s addition system of care, involving 300 agencies, increasing access and integrating behavioral health and primary care services.
Raquel also served as Director of Managed Care for a large network of Federally Qualified Health Centers. In addition to her state-level work, she’s influenced health policy for the City of Trenton. On behalf of The Ford Foundation, she facilitated the formation of the first grassroots women-of-color health advocacy organization which is now at the forefront of the birth-equity movement.
Raquel holds two Master’s degrees, one in Public Health and the other in International Affairs. She lives in Hopewell, NJ and is the mother of two.