Advocacy, Education, Family supports, Community Outreach, Case Management.
Luz Belleza-Binns was born in Lima, Peru, and came to the U.S. in 1984. She moved to Nashville in 2001. She holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration and Foreign Language Education. She is a Certified Medical Interpreter as well as a Certified Mental Health Interpreter. Her first job in Nashville was as a Bilingual Outreach Coordinator for the Children’s Special Services program with the Tennessee Department of Health.
In 2003, she started with the Metro Nashville Social Services Department, were she provides intense case management services to families in need, especially those who are homeless and/or have children with disabilities.
She is married to Tom, and they have two children: Dylan, who is 8 years old, and Mia, who is 6. She has always been a fearless advocate for children’s rights. Her interests in children’s rights increased exponentially when her daughter was diagnosed with autism at the age of 24 months, while her son was considered a gifted learner. Her personal experiences with her own children led her to her true calling as a fearless advocate for children with special needs.
In 2011 Luz graduated from the Partners in Policymaking Program offered by the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities, and she recently graduated from the Advocacy Training Program offered by Vanderbilt University. Also in 2011 Luz was nominated by the Nashville Business Journal for the 2012 Women of Influence Awards under public Policy Category.
Luz has a true passion and dedication to help families obtain appropriate educational, cultural, and life skills, and connect them with medical services. In addition, Luz acts as an advocate in many Individualized Educational Plan meetings in the local school system. Due to her reputation as an advocate in the community, she has been invited to participate on multiple boards in the city. Currently, she serves on the following boards: Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Education Report Card Committee, Family Advisory Council on Special Education with Metro Nashville Public Schools, Tennessee Disability Pathfinder Hispanic Outreach Advisory Board, Salvation Army Hispanic Advisory Board, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Community Advisory Council, Davidson County National Children’s Study at Vanderbilt, and the Tennessee Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
She also serves as Chairman of the Latinos En Acción profesional network.