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.
Know an individual or group committed to bridging divides in our community? Nominate them for a Unity Award by Oct. 31.