Ana Melgoza

Ana Melgoza

Vice President of External Affairs

San Ysidro Health

San Ysidro, CA USA

Sigue tus sueños mas grandes; juntos podemos. Si se puede! [Follow your biggest dreams; we can do it together. We can do it!]


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Ana Melgoza


My road in life has been direct.
I’m the daughter of Mexican immigrants—my parents came to Kansas City, Missouri, from Jalisco, Mexico.
My parents weren’t able to further their own education, so they instilled a lot of value and drive in my siblings and me to pursue our educations.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in global studies with a minor in Spanish—I also spent time studying in Argentina, which was a great experience for me to explore and grow as a person.
I came back to Kansas City and started working in government.
I eventually decided to go to graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in public administration.
While in graduate school, I worked as a senior health program officer for the Medtronic Foundation, a medical technology company focused on improving access to healthcare for underserved people.
I joined San Ysidro Health in 2005 as the director of public affairs and government health.
After eight years, I was promoted to vice president of external affairs, helping to fulfill San Ysidro Health’s mission of providing accessible and affordable health care services to all.
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Vice President of External Affairs

I collaborate with governmental and community partners to provide affordable and accessible healthcare services to all.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People

Recommended Education

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The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You can't leave to work and study in a different state! Are you crazy? You can get hurt. You're not following what we've taught you."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student

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