Margarita Holguin, M.P.A. (she/her/ella), has been a leader in community health work for more than a decade. She is the founding Chair of San Diego County Promotores Coalition and the annual Adelante Promotores Conference. Margarita developed San Diego’s first Promotores Academy in 2009 and has trained hundreds of community health workers (CHWs)/promotores. She was named Latina of the Year 2017 by the Adelante Mujer Conference.
Margarita is the Director of Partnership Initiatives at We Support U and leads community programs. She works on capacity building with residents and leads the Resident Leadership Academy. For 13 years, Margarita was the Executive Director for Chula Vista Community Collaborative, where she developed community programs and initiatives in support of at-risk populations. She dedicated more than 20 years of service to the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, where she last served for six years as an Assistant Deputy Director.
Margarita is the founder of Consulting Solutions. She is a national/international consultant. She has also consulted in various counties throughout California, including Napa, Tulare, and San Joaquin. Margarita has been a consultant in the area of organizational development and strategic planning assisting organizations and groups to define business plans. She has trained university students on social determinants of health in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Margarita is a National Diabetes Prevention Program–certified coach. She received a bachelor’s degree in management and organizational development and graduated magna cum laude. She also has an M.P.A.