Vicente Martinez Ortega has been a social justice and human rights advocate for Pueblo and Southern Colorado for over twenty years. He follows in the footsteps of his mother and father whom helped provide access to affordable health care to Pueblo and the Lower Arkansas Valley from the 1970’s to the 1990’s through community health projects. At Center for Health Progress, his extensive experience with people of color, grassroots, and political organizing is creating new opportunities for leadership development and partnership in these communities. Vicente earned a Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University-Pueblo in Art. As a local artist, he understands the importance of reflecting community history and culture, while promoting a vision that meets community desires and values, in order to effect lasting change. Vicente is committed to empowering Coloradans—especially those who have been historically left out—to advocate for themselves and for health equity.