Carlos J. Torres

Senior Program Officer

Carlos grew up in a loving family in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Puerto Rico. The next chapter of his life took him to Nashville, Tennessee, where he earned a Master of Science in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His career track includes over 15 years of work in community-based organizations, higher education, clinical training and the public health arena. His personal and professional experiences have inspired in him a deep sense of responsibility to improve the quality of life of those who need it the most, particularly the underserved, those who face financial barriers, communities of color and minorities of all backgrounds.

Carlos is a strong advocate for systems that empower all people to make meaningful contributions to their fellow men and women. He engages in community work by developing networks of collaboration among professionals, service agencies, grassroots organizations and the people that they serve. Before joining the Community Foundation, Carlos worked for the Jefferson County Department of Health, Samford University, the University of California, San Francisco and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He has in served in a number of Boards and Committees including the YMCA, Media for Health, Cahaba Valley Health Care, the JCCEO, the Jefferson County Health Equity Collaborative, and The UAB Minority Health and Research Center, among others.