Robbin Meneses

Community Engagement Specialist
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I do this work because

Debemos de comprender las inequidades en salud significa desmantelar los diversos sistemas que las crearon. Debemos reconstruir el sistema para incorporar la equidad racial en todos los aspectos y no solo hacerlo sobre la pertenencia, la justicia, la diversidad, la equidad y la inclusión. Es allí entonces cuando comenzaremos a comprender las inequidades en salud que perjudican a las comunidades marginadas y minorizadas con individuos que tienen identidades interseccionales e interseccionales.

To be able to understand health inequities means dismantling the various systems that created them. We must rebuild the system to incorporate racial equity in every aspect and not just make it about belonging, justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Doing that is when we will start to understand the health inequities that hurt marginalized and minoritized communities with individuals that have intersecting and intersectional identities.

Favorite Quote

"A veces la música te dirá a dónde ir. Y cuando encuentras ese lugar, creo que es cuando solo te conectas con los sentimientos, el corazón y las personas con las que estás." —Natalia Lafourcade

Robbin Meneses joined CHI in 2023 as a Community Engagement Specialist. He works to prioritize racial equity while building trust and strengthening relationships with community organizations and partners, cultivating new and existing partnerships, and implementing best practices in partner engagement and communication. Robbin works closely with the Metro Denver Partnership for Health.

Robbin was most recently a Program Manager for the Latino Leadership Institute where he implemented the inaugural Latino Entrepreneur Access Program and organized training and development for its participants. In this role, he developed outreach programs for applicants and recruited senior-level executives as presenters.

As a Philanthropy Officer for The Denver Foundation, Robbin created engagement opportunities for donors and grantees and expanded support in communities of color through giving circles. In his role as a field organizer for Florida's Democratic Party, he took on the responsibility of leading the Latinx recruitment team and organizing cultivation events for local candidates.

Robbin volunteers for several organizations including Latino Outdoors, Latinos Impacting our Future Together, and The Denver Foundation’s Scholarship Committee. He also serves on the advisory board for the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition and participates as a grant selection panelist for the National Endowment of the Arts.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and an executive master’s in public administration from Florida International University. He earned a certificate in nonprofit and community management and is certified in human resources through the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR).

Outside of work, Robbin enjoys spending time with his friends and dog, Usnavi, whose name was inspired by the play (not the movie!) “In the Heights.” Often you can find him cooking or hiking and helping various nonprofits.

Skills: Nonprofit development, business development, program development, fundraising, grassroots organizing, community engagement, facilitation, and trainings.

Focus Areas: 

  • Advocacy
  • Racial equity
  • Social determinants of health
  • Community development
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Training development

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