Rachele C. Espiritu, Ph.D is a Founding Partner of Change Matrix, LLC, a minority- and women-owned designated small business that motivates, manages and measures change to support systems that improve lives. She provides tools, processes and content expertise for individuals, organizations and systems as they define, create, measure and sustain change. Dr. Espiritu brings substantive experience in the areas of children’s behavioral health, disparities and equity, cultural and linguistic competence, program evaluation, a public health approach to mental health, change management, workforce development and systems collaboration. As a skilled facilitator, trainer and evaluator, she has supported federal, state and community representatives to build capacity for children’s behavioral health care services and collaborating systems.
Dr. Espiritu currently serves as the Project Director for the National Network to Eliminate Disparities (NNED) in Behavioral Health, a national network of diverse racial, ethnic, cultural and sexual minority communities and organizations to promote policies, practices, standards and research to eliminate behavioral health disparities. She is on the Leadership Team for the Now is the Time Technical Assistance Center that provides assistance and training for 37 federally-funded state educational agencies to increase awareness about mental health issues and build capacity to improve access to care. As a previous faculty member of the Georgetown University, she co-authored the monograph “A Public Health Approach to Children’s Mental Health: A Conceptual Framework.”
Appointed in May 2016, Dr. Espiritu is honored to represent northeast Denver until fall of 2017 to finish the remaining term of former board member Landri Taylor, who resigned in February 2016. She is active in her children’s schools and in our community. She was appointed to serve as a commissioner on the Asian-American Pacific Islander Commission by Mayor Michael Hancock in 2015.
Dr. Espiritu received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at San Diego and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She currently lives in Northeast Denver with her husband Alexander Vo, PhD. Their son Andrew attends DSST Stapleton Middle School and Jeremy attends Bill Roberts K-8 School.