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Efrén Maldonado MEd, MA, LISW

Bilingual Outreach Facilitator, More In My Basket Program

4101 Beryl Road, Suite 210


Efrén Maldonado Vélez has spent over two decades advocating for the health and wellness of the Latino/Hispanic community as well as other hard-to-reach populations through his work in government and nonprofit social services agencies. His familiarity with effective community messaging and outreach allows him to intentionally engage with a variety of institutions, households, and communities.

Efren holds a Bachelor degree in Bible and Theology from Crown College, a Master degree in Education with a concentration in Counseling and Guidance from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, a Master degree in Systematic Theology from Luther Seminary, and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker by the Minnesota Board of Social Work. He is original from Puerto Rico, but lived in Minnesota for 21 years before re-locating to Raleigh in 2018 with his wife Marta and the youngest of their four children Karmen Sonia.

Programs and Initiatives

  • More in My Basket Program


BA Bible and Theology Crown College

MA Systematic Theology Luther Seminary

MEd Education Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

LISW Minnesota Board of Social Work

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Community Messaging and Outreach
  • Health and Wellness
  • Faith-Based Promotion
  • Program Management