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Manuel G. Castañeda

Manuel G. Castañeda has 15 years experience in the Health & Human Services field. Six of those years includes supporting Baldrige efforts within Health and Human Services and in the community.  In 2014 he was trained as a California Awards for Performance Excellence Examiner.  He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and has taught Yellow Belt Classes.  He has worked on a range of Baldrige activities and led numerous Lean Six Sigma projects within HHSA.   In 2016 he became a lead and strategist in applying the Communities of Excellence Framework in the San Diego South Region Community.  In 2018 Mr. Castaneda became a Chief of Operations for the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), Central & South Regions.  He has acquired experience in process management, systems design, data analysis, database querying and working within an  incident command structure in emergencies. Currently, an an independent consultant and as faculty for Communities of Excellence 2026, he continues to support the application of the Baldrige based Communities of Excellence framework in San Diego South Region as well as 3 other communities in the country.