Conchy Trelles Bretos is the CEO of MIA Senior Living Solutions, a for-profit corporation founded in 1995 for the purpose of creating public housing and affordable assisted living facilities. The first project, Helen Sawyer Plaza, became the model for the nation and received five national awards. Based on the success of this project, her company has worked with over forty housing authorities and non-profit entities throughout the U.S. in financing and implemented similar projects. As part of her work, Ms. Bretos has drafted and successfully advocated for several successful bills creating Medicaid funding for services in seven states. In 2003, Ms. Bretos introduced the idea of creating a national demonstration project to the Department of Housing & Urban Development to provide assisted living services to seniors and disabled adults living in public housing. Her efforts have led to an agreement between the Departments of Housing & Urban Development and Health & Human Services to support these projects nation-wide.
Prior to founding MIA Senior Living Solutions, Ms. Bretos served as Florida Secretary for Aging & Adult Services and AARP State Legislative Representative for Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. She also ran for public office in Dade County in 1993. Ms. Bretos was also project director for the World Health Organization Regional Teacher Center for Southeast Asia and CEO of The College of Law in Sydney, Australia.
Conchy founded two micro-enterprise foundations, served as Chair of Florida Women’s Commission and the Hispanic Affairs Commission. She was the president of the Coalition of Hispanic American Women, The National Hispana Leadership Institute, Kids Voting, The United Negro College Fund, YWCA and the Alzheimer’s Association, among others.
Conchy is a graduate of Oberlin College and received a MBA from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She attended Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1989.
She is the winner of the first $100,000 Purpose Prize Award for her innovative work in bringing assisted living services to public housing, the National Hispana Leadership award, Women of the Year, Community Headliner, among other awards. She has published several monographs and articles. She became an Ashoka Fellow in 2010.