Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Mario Ozuna-Sanchez grew up in a family impacted by alcoholism, domestic violence, gangs, and drug addicted family members. As a result of decisions he made during his adolescence, Mario became a father at the age of 15. With many barriers and obstacles set before him, and with the help of his mother, Mario was able to accomplish his goals of finishing high school and going to college. Mario Ozuna-Sánchez has over 20 years of experience developing and implementing healing informed services; cultural rites of passage, teen pregnancy prevention, gang intervention, and community violence prevention, in Santa Clara County, specializing in East San Jose. He is nationally recognized for his skills at developing and delivering culturally relevant services to reach and welcome the most marginalized young and adult men in the community.
Mario is the Senior Manager of Training and Capacity Building for the National Compadres Network, a national voice for racial equity, racial healing, training, technical assistance, system change and culture infused efforts to create change that is transformational. It brings together culturally-rooted, nationally recognized leaders in the fields of health, trauma, healing, education, fatherhood, rites of passage, family violence, teen pregnancy prevention, cultural competence, juvenile justice, social services, advocacy, racial equity and evidence-based research and evaluation. It works with community leaders and decision makers to create strategic, sustainable systems of change and provides support in the areas of transformational trauma and healing-informed services, capacity-building and training, technical assistance, collective impact building, research, leadership development, and resource and material development. NCN provides technical expertise to system leaders who are looking for tangible ways to move from understanding and quantifying trauma and converting that knowledge to a pathway towards healing.