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Dionisio Salazar

Dionisio Salazar is an organizational change strategist and Technology of Participation (ToP®) Certified Facilitator. He has facilitated strategic visioning and planning workshops and retreats for faith and community-based organizations throughout the country. He facilitates workshops, seminars and retreats that build teamwork, form consensus, develop leaders and achieve organizational transformation. He builds capacity of organizations and leaders through workshops and training seminars in the areas of strategic planning, leadership development, congregational development, community development, program service design, grant writing, evaluation and cultural competency. He is also a ToP® Trainer and a member of the ToP® Trainers Network.

Prior to joining Partners in Participation as an Associate, Dionisio served as a staff person for six years with the General Board of Global Ministries, which is the mission development agency of the United Methodist Church (UMC). Its’ primary focus is leadership, congregational and community development. Dionisio was responsible for a U.S-based Hispanic/Latino ministries portfolio. In this capacity, he facilitated over thirty major strategic planning workshops for Annual Conferences throughout the UMC denomination. He also led leadership training retreats for missionaries, clergy, consultants, lay and staff members of the church.

Dionisio is committed to a just and better world. He participated in the People’s Global Action forum on Migration, Development and Human Rights that was held in Mexico City in 2010. He facilitated action learning dialogues and workshops for the UMC Taskforce on Immigration in meetings in Washington DC and the United Nations Plaza in New York City. He facilitated and resourced the development of a community-based primary health care program in three colonias along the Texas-Mexico border. He trained Latino young adult leaders on social justice issues. He represented the City of San Antonio in a comprehensive community initiative (CCI) of the Annie E. Casey Foundation known as “Making Connections.” Its goal was to strengthen families and build better neighborhoods on the city’s west side. He founded and directed an Austin-based non-profit organization known as the Wesley Center for Family and Neighborhood Development.

Dionisio has over thirty years experience working in public sector and faith based organizations. He has served as a Local Pastor in churches in the Southwest Annual Conference. He has worked in government agencies that include: City of San Antonio, Department of Community Initiatives; Texas Attorney General’s Office; Texas General Land Office; Colorado Department of Social Services and the Colorado Legislative Council. He has taught in community colleges in San Antonio and Austin, Texas.

Mr. Salazar holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Southern Methodist University. He has also completed coursework at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He enjoys mountain bike riding, camping and meditation retreats.

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