Rachel Flores is the Tarjan Center’s Communications and Project Manager, with an emphasis on its CECY program (California Employment Consortium for Youth and Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities). She oversees communication and dissemination strategies, designs print and web-based products for the center and its programs, and has implemented Tarjan’s brand-building initiative and document accessibility program since her arrival in April 2013. In this capacity, she oversees and implements the Tarjan Center and CECY websites, designs the Center’s reports and publications for public distribution, and produces a range of CECY’s products for its members, workgroups, and distribution, as well as its weekly Enews. She has also established information sharing systems for CECY members.
Ms. Flores has expertise in communication and outreach strategies, and a strong history in developing and expanding educational and training programs to serve public and social health. At the UCLA School of Public Health, she managed the Southwest Regional Public Health Training Center, a multi-state public health workforce development program , including designing and developing its website and online trainings. Before UCLA, she was Director of Education and Outreach Services for the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc., where she oversaw its education programs and implemented its outreach strategies to link film and television professionals and students to science and subject-based experts. At the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, Ms. Flores designed and implemented S.T.A.R.T. Communications, the Academy Foundation’s first media literacy program that used television constructively to promote personal, social and academic achievement in young people while serving core curriculum needs. Through her efforts, S.T.A.R.T. expanded from a local initiative to a curriculum-based program primed for national rollout.
Ms. Flores graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1996 in both Broadcast and Electronic Communications (major) and Journalism (minor) from San Francisco State University, where her emphasis of study was media theory and criticism. She is published and, in 2005, completed her graduate studies coursework for a Master of Arts Degree at UCLA's Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, Social Sciences and Comparative Education Division.