Contact Us

Contact CAN Staff

Mailing address:
Metz Elementary School
84 Robert Martinez Jr Street, Room B121
Austin, TX 78702

Phone: 512-414-0323
Email: See below.

Raul Alvarez, Executive Director

Raul Alvarez was hired to serve as CAN’s Executive Director in October 2015 and brings a diverse set of skills and experience to the organization. Alvarez served as an Austin City Council member from 2000 to 2006 and as a representative of the City Council on CAN’s governing board during that time. In 2004, he served as the Chair of the CAN governing board. After serving on the Austin City Council, Alvarez was elected to serve on the Austin Community College Board of Trustees from 2008 – 2010. He also served on the Board of Capital Metro, the Electric Utility Commission, and the Govalle/Johnston Neighborhood Planning Team. Alvarez is the board president of the East Austin Conservancy and a founding member of Futuro Fund Austin. Prior to serving as Executive Director for CAN, Alvarez worked for the Austin Independent School District, working as the Grassroots Community Coordinator for the Office of Redesign (2007 to 2010) and as Administrative Supervisor for the Office of Teaching and Learning (2010 to 2015). Alvarez holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and a Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin.

Jelina Tunstill, Program Coordinator

Jelina Tunstill began working for Community Advancement Network as Program Coordinator in November 2017.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Baylor University in 2013, taught kindergarten for three years in Killeen, Tx, and is currently continuing her education pursuing a Master’s Degree in Counseling from St. Edward’s University. Jelina is excited to advance community well being through her work with CAN, especially in the arena of mental health, race equity, youth and education.

Jelina writes CANews, an email newsletter that is published monthly highlighting research, reports and opportunities to participate in community planning. She also facilitates and provides staff support to many CAN initiatives and events. Jelina serves in a leadership role regarding CAN’s work relating to language access, deliberative dialogues and the Central Texas Regional Summit.  She also represents CAN in collaborative efforts relating to early childhood education, adult and youth mental health, opportunity youth and workforce development.

Carlos Soto, Research Analyst

Carlos A Soto became part of the CAN team in March 2016 when he was hired to be the CAN’s Research Analyst. Pursuing a desire to make a difference in the lives of children and families with limited English proficiency (LEP), Carlos began his public service career in 2010 working as a bilingual elementary school teacher serving the low income and recent immigrant populations in AISD. Carlos earned his Bachelor of Science in Anthropology degree in 2009 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a Certificate in Geographic Information Science from Texas State University in 2015.

Justin X. Hale, Communications & Administrative Specialist

Justin X. Hale joined the CAN Team in December 2017 as the Communications & Administrative Specialist for CAN. He is a free-lance graphic designer, social media marketing and communications specialist. Justin received his Bachelors of Science degree from Texas A & M University-College Station in Sports Management, with minors in both Business and Communications. He has experience working with non-profit organizations at the grassroots level and is a community advocate on a variety of issues. Justin serves as an advisor and mentor for his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi, is an avid rugby player, and is a board member with the Austin Huns rugby team.