Director, Community Health
Manuel has both lived and worked in New Brunswick for most of his life. From growing up in New Brunswick, Castaneda continues to be involved in the City through his efforts at New Brunswick Tomorrow and as a resident. He has worked at community-based organizations and Rutgers University in various roles servicing the community.
Manuel joined the team at New Brunswick Tomorrow as Director of Community Health in 2015. In this most important role, he manages the Healthier New Brunswick initiative; a comprehensive collective impact approach to improve the overall health of city residents. His work includes strategy building and collaborations with task force volunteers and local stakeholders in understanding and responding to the health, human service and educational needs of city residents. He generates ideas and leads initiatives aimed at engaging the community and improving the quality of health and healthcare in the city.
Castaneda is honored to have the opportunity to help make New Brunswick a healthier community for all the families who live and work in the City and he is proud to call New Brunswick home.