The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Carla Elena Echeveste, 29, was a junior accounting major at Alverno when her mother developed breast cancer. Echeveste acted as a translator between her mom and the health care team. “Only 6% of doctors in this country are Latino,” she says. “Language is a barrier.”
She finished her Alverno degree then gambled it all, leaving her dream job at Deloitte to enter a pre-med program at UW-Milwaukee, with the goal of attending medical school. The winner of several awards for her work in the Latinx community, she currently works as a research
program coordinator for All of Us, a federally funded, $1.54 billion precise medicine initiative at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
During her pre-med program, Echeveste worked at the Sixteenth Street Clinic as a translator and scribe. “I’ve had wonderful mentors,” she says, “but none who look like me. That’s what’s motivating me.”
Carla Echeveste is one of the 2021 recipients of a Betty Award. Each year, Milwaukee Magazine presents these awards as a tribute to the late Betty Quadracci, the magazine’s former publisher who founded Quad with her husband Harry. Read more about this year’s honorees here.