The article is part of our series of blog posts featuring each of the individuals and/or organizations selected for the National AfterSchool Association’s Most Influential in Health and Wellness for afterschool. The Walking Classroom proudly sponsored the competition because of our strong belief in the value of afterschool programs and the importance of promoting healthier lifestyles for all kids.
Our next honoree is:
Bruno Marchesi, COO
Center for Collaborative Solutions
Bruno Marchesi is the Chief Operating Officer for the Center for Collaborative Solutions. Prior to this appointment, Bruno had served as Project Manager for the Healthy Behaviors and My Brother’s Keeper statewide initiatives. Bruno has also previously served as Program Director of the UC Davis School of Education and the California AfterSchool Network.
He has more than 18 years of afterschool experience at all levels including frontline staff, Site Coordinator and Program Manager of afterschool programs as well as Director of AmeriCorps nutrition and physical activity programs. Bruno’s education includes Bachelors and Masters degrees in Spanish/Latin American Literature, and he is a Fellow of the University of Southern California (USC) and Sierra Health Foundation Health Leadership Program. Bruno’s passion and drive come from his own core values of humility, integrity, and service.
The Center for Collaborative Solutions helps afterschool programs achieve their goals by creating powerful visions, developing capable leaders and high performing teams, constructing authentic partnerships and implementing approaches and solutions that build the capacity of programs to help children and young people succeed in all areas of their lives.
Selections were made by NAA based on strong advocacy for and support of health and wellness in afterschool. Those selected represent individuals and organizations whose service, action, and leadership align with and support the NAA Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards and affect large numbers of youth, families, or afterschool professionals.