Mr. Platero is Diné from Canõncito Band of Navajo. His homeland is located west of Albuquerque in New Mexico. He has been a member of the Native Research Network (NRN) since its inception. Mr. Platero beleives in the mission and objectives of the NRN organization to serve professional researchers and Native communities.
Mr. Platero has contributed his services to health initiatives and education. For over 25 years, Mr. Platero has served the community through efforts ranging from health promotion to disease prevention. He has also worked with Native American populations in the southwest by assisting other professional researchers with language and cultural translation.
Formerly, Mr. Platero worked at John Hopkins University. He now works at the University of New Mexico in the sporting events department, though he has been furloughed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. He is also a research assistance with JHU with a focus on the prevention of obesity and diabetes among Native communities.