Maritza Contreras is a passionate advocate for underserved and underrepresented communities in Milwaukee. Born in Chicago's Southside to strong and resilient immigrant parents, at a very young age, Maritza developed an undeniable desire to fight for justice, particularly on behalf of vulnerable populations. With a combined background in nursing, information technology and non-profit leadership, she has worked to improve access to healthcare, develop culturally appropriate health education, and innovatively reduce social determinants of health aimed to increase quality of care.
Maritza is currently the Community Engagement liaison for Froedtert Hospital & the Medical College of Wisconsin, overseeing and coordinating efforts to proactively address community health needs in Milwaukee County. With prior experience at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, Maritza has continued to fuel her passion in her commitment to justice in her personal and professional life. ?
Maritza is a proud alumna of the Chicago Public School system and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. She holds a B.S. in Nursing with a minor in Information Technology from Marquette University. Maritza also serves on the Chair of the Milwaukee Latino Health Coalition and is currently enrolled in the Future Milwaukee Community Leadership Program. Maritza is eager to strengthen her abilities to promote civic engagement and influence progressive public policy change. When she is not working to create safer, healthier and sustainable communities, she is traveling to Chicago to visit her family and friends.