Steven Toledo works at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health as the Deputy Director. Steven brings with him a decade of work experience forwarding social justice initiatives on multiple fronts, including sexual health, immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights and education reform.
As a gay Latino born and raised in NYC, Steven believes deeply in his responsibility towards serving marginalized communities, and understands that access to services and education can be the most effective tool towards empowerment. Steven sought ground-level experiences and worked as an HIV/AIDS prevention educator for adolescent youth for several years. He was also responsible for case management for recently arrived gay and bisexual Latino immigrants, while simultaneously serving the Portuguese speaking LGBT community as the volunteer Associate Director at the Brazilian Rainbow Group. While pursuing his graduate degree, Steven conducted qualitative research to understand the experiences of immigrants in the construction industry in Philadelphia and led another research project to develop and pilot a survey tool in Angola to support equitable pension benefits for retirees of the United Methodist Church. More recently, he has worked in charter schools as an Education Pioneer Fellow, and developed a nutritional program to address food equity for students in Washington Heights, NY. He has also consulted at the NYC Department of Education to support the professional development of educators around using assessment data to improve instructional practice. Directly prior to his role at NLIRH, Steven worked as the Project Director at the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network to promote safe and affirming school environments for all students, particularly LGBT students of color. Steven is tremendously grateful to be able to work in a position and organization that directly speaks to his passion, skills and commitments.