Elvira T. Asuncion is presently the Program & Operations Director at the Center for Urban Community Development. She has over 15 years of organizational development and planning experience and has supervised over 20 staff and over 1,000 volunteers in various programs and projects she had directed and managed in Minnesota and Wisconsin, prior to working with the University. These programs and projects had multiple funding sources (federal, state, local, foundation), served diverse participants (children, youth & adults, women, men, families, schools, businesses, etc.), and had diverse focuses (alcohol and drug abuse prevention, child abuse and neglect prevention, housing & homelessness, domestic violence, family education and support, nutrition, parenting education, etc.). Elvira also developed program curriculum and facilitated workshops and classes under these projects and programs.
She is experienced in community relations building and program collaboration and has used these strategies in building the capacity of agencies she works with including the YW Family Center (where she served as Director over nine years, 1995-2004), and most recently with members of the African and Asian Refugees Consortium and the Refugee Family Resource Network.
She served from 2006-2010 as the Asian Commissioner for the Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and chaired its Violence Prevention and Education Committee and the Asian American Task Force. She was a steering member of the Milwaukee County Nutrition and Physical Activity Coalition, and has been the past chairperson and active member of the Family Connection and Program Committee of the Milwaukee Child Abuse Prevention Services. She is presently on the Steering Committee of the Southeastern Wisconsin Intergenerational Interracial Consortium.
Elvira has mastoral program work in Organizational Development Communication and Research from the University of the Philippines, training in Organizational Development and Planning from the Southeast Asia Interdisciplinary Institute and a Certificate in Organizational Development from SCE.
She presently coordinates the African and Asian Refugee Consortium, Refugee Education and Integration Service Center, and the Refugee Family Resource Network and coordinates and implements various refugee programs and projects with its community partners.