Maria Padilla-Castro is Chief of WIC Outreach and Provider Relations.
Maria transitioned from site supervisor to our coordinator of the Integrated Statewide Information System (ISIS), the California WIC electronic database. In collaboration with other staff, she implemented ISIS at all of our WIC centers. Until then, all participant information had been recorded on paper records. The new system not only was far more efficient, but also enabled us to maintain accurate and current records of participants, to analyze important data and to make better-informed decisions.
In 1999 she planned and organized a central WIC telephone office, which has enabled us to streamline our appointment system and provide information to the public more effectively than before.
In 2002, Maria was promoted to head the WIC Outreach and Provider Relations Department.
Maria is dedicated to educating low-income, eligible women about WIC. The grassroots efforts of her staff and the partnerships she develops with community leaders and partner agencies contribute significantly to the number of mothers and children in South Los Angeles reaping the benefits of our WIC program.