Ivette A. Torres, MEd, MSc
Associate Director for Consumer Affairs
Ivette Torres joined the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the fall of 1997. Ms. Torres oversees the CSAT team responsible for generating and disseminating mental and substance use disorder treatment information to SAMHSA's mission-related constituents. She develops national communication strategies and campaigns including the observance of the National Recovery Month, celebrated each September.
Prior to joining CSAT, Ms. Torres was a communications and organizational development consultant serving a multitude of clients including the Children's Television Workshop, Consumers Union, CSAP/SAMHSA, and a number of health promotion publishing houses. She is a former Senior Director, Communications Services Division, at Consumers Union, publishers of Consumer Reports magazine.
At the start of her career, Ms. Torres was an active member of Boston's Hispanic community. She went on to work for the Office of the Governor in Massachusetts, as a Special Aide, Office of Community Services. She also served as Director of Minority Affairs at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting where she promoted diversity within the system.
From 1984 to 1988 Ms. Torres honed her fundraising and management skills while employed at the National Coalition of Hispanic Health Service Organizations (COSSMHO), where within two years she was promoted to Vice-President for Development.
In 1988, Ms. Torres joined the National Education Association (NEA) as Senior Professional Associate. At NEA, she developed and oversaw projects to support the association's many initiatives and continued her working relationships with the mass media to promote such projects. She also chaired the Association's team on "Education in a Pluralistic Society."
Ms. Torres has a Masters of Science in Telecommunications Policy from George Washington University and a Masters of Education from the School of Rehabilitation Administration from Northeastern University. She participated in the Community Fellows Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1982-1983.
Ms. Torres is fluent in both English and Spanish and has been active in many associations and coalitions, including the Public Relations Society of America. She is a former board member of the National Puerto Rican Coalition, a former National President of the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women. Ms. Torres is also a former President of the Department of Health and Human Services' Hispanic Employee Organization.