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Jeanette Flores

Senior Associate

Jeanette Flores is a community relations professional with more than 18 years of experience in developing and executing advocacy policies to advance infrastructure projects. At VMA, Jeanette specializes in creating public outreach strategies and implementing programs that educate diverse communities and stakeholders, provide a forum for open communication and meet California’s transportation requirements.

Jeanette works with multiple VMA clients – ranging from the California High-Speed Rail (outreach activities for the Bakersfield to Palmdale section) to the Mitsubishi Cement Company (development and implementation of public participation plans to engage communities, including environmental justice populations). She plans and coordinates stakeholder meetings as well as manages the administrative records, activity centers and overall outreach documentation. She also prepares outreach materials, website updates and ads, assists with social media platforms, manages the Spanish translations of project materials and serves as interpreter at stakeholder meetings.

Prior to joining VMA, Jeanette managed multiple public health infrastructure projects, including LA County Metro: Rail to Rail/River Project, Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Plans, particularly in disadvantaged communities. She developed comprehensive, community driven SRTS work plans and steering committees to increase the percentage of youth safely walking and biking to school. She worked with local elected officials, city and school district staff, parents and community members to establish safe active transportation environments at and around schools. During her tenure with Kaiser Permanente, Jeanette managed the Summer Youth Employment Program, where she worked with foster youth to prepare them for careers in health care and create a pipeline from high school to college.

Jeanette has also lobbied the state legislature in support a bill to create a tax on sugary beverages and provided technical assistance for implementation of 17 local and 3 state policies to establish nutrition standards in public spaces where children and their families congregate and increase consumption of healthy beverages.

In her spare time, Jeanette is an elected Governing Board Member of the Charter Oak Unified School District and is serving her first term as Board President.

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