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Contact CAN Staff

Mailing address:
Oak Springs Elementary School
3601 Webberville Rd, Portable 1B
Austin, TX 78702

Phone: 512-414-0323
Email: – staff emails below

Raul Alvarez, Executive Director



Raul has been CAN’s Executive Director since 2015. He was an Austin City Council member from 2000-2006. He was the City Council representative on CAN’s board during that time, becoming chair in 2004. After serving on the City Council, Raul was elected to serve on the ACC Board of Trustees. He also has served: on the Capital Metro Board; on the Electric Utility Commission; as Chair of the Early Childhood Council; and as Co-chair of the Anti-Displacement Task Force. He is the board president of the East Austin Conservancy and a founding member of Futuro Fund Austin. Prior to CAN, Raul worked for AISD as Administrative Supervisor for the Office of Teaching and Learning. Raul holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and a Master of Science in Community/Regional Planning from the University of Texas.

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 earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling from St. Edward’s University in August 2019. 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.