Hector Lara is a person who wishes to improve the way people experience their lives. Hector believes that the best way of doing this is by empowering people to develop and implement the solutions to their problems. He also focuses on working across systems to help them work together to improve how they support the people they serve. Hector is a social worker by training who has spent 15 years as a professional in the non-profit sector in the fields of civic engagement, community development, health, youth development, behavioral health, policy, program development, and social services administration in communities throughout California and in Massachusetts. Hector was born in Mexico but grew up in California’s Central Valley in Atwater. He considers himself a kid from the valley who believes in working to improve the San Joaquin Valley. He currently serves as the Director for the Reinvent South Stockton Coalition, a role he has held for nearly 3 years. Hector holds a Masters of Social Work and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California (USC).