Ruben Cantu

Associate Program Director

Email: ruben_at_preventioninstitute_dot_org

Ruben Cantu is an associate program director for community trauma, mental health, and violence prevention. He has more than 20 years of nonprofit experience in public health, equity, program and organizational management, and technical assistance and capacity building. Most recently Associate Director at the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN), Ruben managed development, outreach, and communications initiatives to inform, mobilize, and advocate for the constituents of the state’s largest multicultural health policy organization. As CPEHN’s lead on mental and behavioral health, he authored the state’s draft strategic plan for reducing mental health disparities, a part of the California Reducing Disparities Project, funded through the Mental Health Services Act. Before his nine years at CPEHN, Ruben was Senior Specialist and Project Director at Mosaica: The Center for Nonprofit Development and Pluralism in Washington, DC, where he led activities funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of HIV/AIDS Policy and provided technical assistance to small and large community organizations across the country. He has held positions at the National Minority AIDS Council and Human Rights Campaign, also in Washington, D.C. A native Texan and graduate of the University of Houston, he serves on Regional Asthma Management and Prevention's advisory committee and several state mental health advisory committees. He has worked extensively with organizations and community members fighting to advance health equity for the underserved.