Hispanic Latino Commission
1st Term: 2017-2019
Originally from Monte Alto, Texas, Esperanza Felicidad Cantu moved to Michigan after receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from Kalamazoo College. During college, Esperanza held leadership positions and participated in the student groups Latino Student Organization and el Movimento Estudiantil Chicano y Chicana de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A.) de Kalamazoo. She continued her work in the community sector at Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, where she worked in administration, program management, marketing, and fundraising. In 2013, she enrolled in the Executive Master's Program in Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health, and she continued to work full-time and study to obtain her Master of Public Health degree in 2015. She transitioned to a full-time fellowship in Population Health at the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority, made available through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. It was at this public body corporate that Esperanza learned about the importance of authentic relationships in building cross-sector collaboratives, improving population health, and supporting health equity. In 2016, Esperanza transitioned to the City of Detroit's Health Department, where she currently serves as a Project Leader in the Special Projects division, which focuses on building capacity and supporting new initiatives that affect childhood health.