Prior to founding Mia Consulting, Ms. Bretos served as Florida Secretary for Aging & Adult Services and AARP State Legislative Representative for Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Ms. Bretos was the project director for the World Health Organization Regional Teacher Center for Southeast Asia and CEO of The College of Law in Sydney, Australia.
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 (USHUD) 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 (USHUD) and Health & Human Services (HHS).
Ms. Bretos founded two micro-enterprise foundations, served as Chair of Florida Women’s Commission and the Hispanic Affairs Commission. She has also served in the Florida Commission on Long-Term Care; delegate to the White House Conference on Aging, member of the Governor’s Taskforce on Prevention of Elder Abuse; and has been on the board of the Area Agency on Aging, Alzheimer’s Association and Florida Center for Housing and Long-Term Care Services. She serves on several committees of housing non-profit organizations, including AAHSA.
Ms. Bretos 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 2006, she became one of the first winners of the $100,000 Purpose Prize Award for her innovative work in bringing assisted living services to public housing. In 2009, she became an Ashoka Fellow as recognition of her social entrepreneurship. She is also a winner of the National Hispana Leadership award.