Diana Paola Molina NegreteMexico (Org: ECPAT Mexico)
Diana Paola was born in Mexico City. She has experience working in the non-profit sector, nationally and internationally. She has a Bachelor’s degree in genomic sciences from the UNAM and a graduate specialization in criminalistics. She has always had a great interest in protecting those who have no voice, and that is why she has been involved in both animalistic and humanitarian organizations. She has collaborated directly with Ecpat México, from the Ecpat International network, where she has helped in different projects to prevent sexual exploitation of girls, boys, and adolescents in its different modalities, such as forced marriages and travel and tourism industry. She has trained several companies in the travel and tourism sector, in the prevention of CSE, and the application of “The Code”. Diana Paola also helped the organization to have a greater public presence, by implementing communications through social networks. One of the things that she considers most enriching about her work is the chance to empower girls, boys, and adolescents to be protagonists of their destiny. She also collaborates as a Corporate Relations Specialist at Mercy For Animals, to stop the worst practices in animal farming. Nowadays she is very interested in sustainability, CSR, and how this may lead to a better world for everyone.
Daniela Tort SanchezMexico (Host: Susan G. Komen for the Cure)
Daniela has over four years of experience in the nonprofit sector working on the administration of social development projects at the local level. With a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, she has led a variety of projects throughout Mexico to improve the efficiency and management of local government. Her research has helped promote public policies that ensure the adequate distribution of resources, and has assisted in identifying areas of poverty in rural and urban communities. As a result of her findings, Daniela has created projects aimed at correcting the distribution of resources and providing access to basic services to those in severe need. She currently works for the municipality of El Marqués, where she organizes fundraising to support local activities and promote equal opportunities for women. Additionally, Daniela has worked to decentralize services and policies by implementing projects from the federal to local level and promoting the social development of poor towns through national programs. She has also helped to start a new nonprofit organization called “Drink a Dream,” which supports heath, education and social development projects.
Host Organization: Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Blanca PenaMexico (Host: CentroNia)
Blanca has five years of nonprofit experience promoting corporate social responsibility in Latin America. She has held a wide range of positions in this field, including international project coordinator, consultant, professor, and researcher. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), and a Master’s Degree in Corporate Responsibility from ESERP Business School in Barcelona. Blanca has previously worked as Manager of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program at ITESM where she trained executives from around the world and collaborated with a multicultural team of colleagues to create the CSR strategy for an environmental organization in Spain. Blanca has also worked on educational projects to promote capacity-building for the disabled in order to provide social integration, and became the POETA Program Coordinator at Monterrey Tech in 2007. As an active member in disability and social integration associations, Blanca learned sign language and became an interpreter to the hearing-impaired. She has been a regular lecturer for companies concerning strategies to better integrate the disbaled into the workforce. During her career, Blanca has been chosen by several international organizations, including the Inter-American Development Bank and the UN Global Compact, to participate in conferences related to Corporate Social Responsibility.
Host Organization: CentroNia
Katya Lorena Garcia MaizMexico (Host: U.S. Peace Corps)
Katya Garcia has more than three years of experience and studied at the American School Foundation of Monterrey. Katya’s interest in social justice and civic engagement began early in her academic career. In January 1999, she worked as a participant coordinator for the State of the World Forum for Emerging Leaders that took place in Monterrey and a few months later she received a scholarship to participate in the week-long conference for the State of the World Forum/European Business Summit in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She then continued her studies at one of Latin America’s finest schools, Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, where she earned a BA in Communications. In 2005, the university selected her to study abroad at Teikyo University in Maastricht, Netherlands, where she studied foreign affairs, international political terrorism, and culture and gender studies. She became a consultant soon after earning her BA. Then in 2007, Katya co-founded Paz Es, a nonprofit organization that promotes a peaceful environment in the community by generating, supporting, promoting, and participating in positive actions. She became Director of Communications and Public Relations for Paz Es, working directly with Mexico´s most recognized media and private companies such as Televisa, Multimedios Televisión, El Norte newspaper, Cemex, Xignux, and Cervecería Cuahtemoc Moctezuma.
Host Organization: U.S. Peace Corps
Alejandro Jose Bonilla RosalesMexico (Host: Service for Peace)
Alejandro Bonilla gained five years of work experience after obtaining his Bachelors degree in Journalism from the Universidad Centroamericana in El Salvador. He holds a Masters degree in Management of Corporate Communications from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, in Barcelona, Spain. In 2003, Bonilla began his career in the nonprofit sector with the Communications Department of CARE in El Salvador. In 2006, Bonilla joined Children International Mexico as the Communications Coordinator. Promoted to Communications & Development Coordinator for Children International Mexico in 2008, Alejandro manages fundraising activities, develops and maintains collaborations with public and private companies, as well as governmental and international organizations. In 2009, Bonilla raised more than one million dollars of new funds, and trained Development Coordinators in many Latin American countries on planning and fundraising. Bonilla recently completed a Strategic Marketing Diploma at the Jesuit University of Guadalajara and a Fund Raising Diploma at the School of Fund Raising, University of Indiana. Children International recommended Bonilla’s expertise in strategic fundraising as a “best practice” and Bonilla became the SME fundraising expert in Latin America for Children International. Alejandro Bonilla is a member of the Mexican Center of Philanthropy and Children Human Rights in Mexico.
Host Organization: Service for Peace
Aldo Arce GurrolaMexico (Host: National Audubon Society)
Aldo has six years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He holds a degree in Marketing and Communications and two postgraduate diplomas in Fundraising and Project Management & Education and Employment of Youth. Since he was 17 years old, he has been involved with social development organizations. Aldo was a volunteer at Amnesty International Mexico as well as a Program Officer in a human rights foundation. In 2008, he founded the nonprofit organization, Puerta Joven (“Youth Door”), which provides internet access and arts and technology programs to improve the education of the youth in poverty (with a primary focus on indigenous and people with physical disabilities). As the Founder and Program Coordinator, he gained experience to get support and funding for his own programs and projects from international aid agencies and foundations such as: the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), UNPD Mexico, UNESCO Brazil, Oxfam, and the Adobe Foundation. As a fundraiser, he has also done campaigns to get individual donations through media campaigns and mobile phones. Aldo was named Action Partner by Oxfam International Youth Partnerships. He has participated in key global forums like the World Youth Conference, organized by UN agencies where he was a member of the Global Council of NGOs and was also invited to run workshops about Fundraising. Aldo has knowledge in graphic design, web development, social media, and nonprofit marketing.
Host Organization: National Audubon Society
Niza Castaneda CarranzaMexico (Host: AYUDA)
Niza has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon (UANL), in Mexico, and a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from Pantheon-Assas University in France. While working for the International Forum of National NGO Platforms (IFP), based in France, she provided legal advice on the legal incorporation of the IFP and helped promote an enabling environment for nonprofit organizations. Previously, she undertook an internship at the OHCHR in Switzerland, where she reviewed and analyzed National Human Rights Institutions independence, legal mandates, and cooperation with nonprofit organizations. In Mexico, she worked at the Human Rights Commission of Nuevo Leon, where she handled and processed complaints for human rights violations. Niza has also worked as a professor for the Mexican Ministry of Public Education and the UANL for 2 years. Throughout her career, she has volunteered in two projects, nationally and internationally: at Peace Brigades International France, for protecting Latin-American human rights defenders, and at the Penitentiary Institution for Minors of Nuevo Leon, for teaching computer and English courses. As a result of these experiences, she developed strong skills on project coordination, monitoring and implementation, as well as analytical reasoning and legal research. Niza is fluent in written and spoken Spanish, English and French. She enjoys focusing on the topics of human rights, education and social development.
Host Organization: AYUDA
Role at Host Organization: Niza will conduct interviews with clients and draft client statements. She will prepare applications, petitions and forms collecting documentary evidence. She will perform statutory, case law, public records and country conditions research, and she will also prepare certified translations of legal documents.
Renata Barradas GutiérrezMexico (Host: American Red Cross)
Renata has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Tecnologico de Monterrey and two Certificates in Woman, Gender and Development and International Relations from The University of British Columbia. While working as Communications Coordinator in Cinco Panes y Dos Peces A.C., a Mexican nonprofit organization, she helped indigenous communities in isolated regions in Mexico to apply a Risk Prevention, Control and Management Plan. Simultaneously, Renata taught a certificate in Financing Strategies and Fundraising for nonprofits. Previously, she coordinated two international volunteer projects in Belgium at the Red Cross Center for Asylum Seekers and at the ArAsylum Seekers and at the Arthur Regniers Center for motor and brain handicapped people. Renata has volunteered in ten projects nationally and internationally concerning a wide range of topics such as: orphan children, Down’s syndrome children, reforestation, Elkhorn Coral Planting, fundraising, and reconstruction. Through these experiences, she developed project coordination and implementation, fundraising, web development and research skills. Renata enjoys topics related to philanthropy and has a strong passion for poverty relief and refugees. As a result, from her passion in the nonprofit sector, she has cofounded Amarte A.C., and Hoor A.C., two Mexican nonprofit organizations.
Host Organization: American Red Cross
Role at Host Organization: Renata will support the information and knowledge management needs of the Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC). This includes providing immediate support for data collection and analysis, maintaining and refining an effective knowledge management system for a state-of-the-art resource center, and piloting of complementary knowledge management initiatives in conjunction with the wider American Red Cross International Services Department (ISD) and the global Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
Maria Teresa GonzalezMexico (Host: UN Foundation)
Teresa Gonzalez has ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor of Arts Honors Degree in Communication Studies from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, in Mexico City. She also earned a Master of Arts Degree in Cultural Engineering from The European University of Madrid, in Spain.
Host Organization: UN Foundation
Role at Host Organization: Maria Teresa will contribute to the internal operations of international and national level campaigns focusing on girls’ education, engaging young people in development
Arturo GonzalezMexico (Host: Kids' Food Basket)
Arturo has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He earned his MA in International Relations from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, where he was awarded with the Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence. He received a BA in International Relations from Tecnologico de Monterrey, where he graduated top of his class and received the highest honors for his performance in dramatic arts and social development projects. In 2013, he started LiberArte, a social development project that stimulates human expression in teenagers living in vulnerable communities through creative and artistic education. Arturo designed activities and imparted practical and theoretical courses for the program, as well as managing a group of volunteers. His project emphasizes on mentoring young people and giving them the opportunity to express their own personal story, their feelings, their daily hardships, and providing them with information regarding sexual health, drug addiction, violence, and professional orientation. He has volunteered in three different social development programs in Mexico, ranging from rural education strengthening, to community values communication in urban environments. In 2011, he received the “Best Student in a Social Development Program” award from the Institute for Sustainable Social Development at Tecnologico de Monterrey for his participation in a performance arts education program for people of all ages without any access to art sources, he later went on to coordinate this program himself. In the same year he also started and managed a social project, where volunteers implemented human rights education through artistic activities. In 2010, he conducted research and published a paper on the causes, effects and victims of unconventional gender violence in young adult couples in urban settings. Arturo is very passionate about innovative social education, making art a social right, building peaceful relations among conflicting groups, and fostering gender equality.
Host Organization: Kids’ Food Basket
Fellow Role at Kids’ Food Basket
Arturo will join Kids’ Food Basket (KFB) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He will represent KFB in the community and perform several outreach efforts to communicate what KFB is all about to distinct audiences and community sectors. He will also participate in the daily operation and the management of volunteer groups.
Rocio Fernanda Garza ZamarronMexico (Host: LAYC)
Fernanda has 6 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and recently earned a bachelor’s degree in English Language Teaching from the Binational Center Instituto Mexicano Norteamericano de Relaciones Culturales. She started as a grassroots volunteer at “COMAC” working with people living with HIV-Aids and the LGBTIQ+community, advocating for human rights, reaching out to at-risk youth, as well as hosting an internet-radio program. She was selected on the entrepreneurship program “Jovenes con Valor” 3rd generation by Ashoka when she founded “It Gets Better Mexico,” which is the 10th international affiliate of the “It Gets Better Project.” In 2011, she was chosen to be part of the “U.S. Consulate General Monterrey’s Youth Council” where she functioned as a president, and developed social-community projects to strengthen Mexico-U.S. relations. She also works to date with them to advance LGBTIQ+ rights in their foreign diplomatic agenda. This work led Fernanda to be selected for the “International Visitor Leadership Program” by the U.S. State Department in the field of “Human Rights and Gender Identities.” Fernanda is a well-known speaker who has participated in (inter)national forums about gender and sexual diversity, including giving a TEDx talk. The organization “Paz Es” recognized her as an exemplary citizen, and the U.S. State Department as a “top young leader,” both in her hometown. Her fields of expertise are focused on: entrepreneurship, leadership, advocacy, education, diversity, languages, and youth development combined with strong skills such as management, strategic planning, logistics, public relations, and a global citizen view. Most recently, Fernanda became a member of “Global Shapers,” an initiative of the World Economic Forum.
Host Organization: Latin American Youth Center (LAYC)
Role at Host Organization: Fernanda will work with the Teen Center (TC) staff to facilitate recruitment and registration of middle/high school youth and evaluating student progress in the programs. Fernanda will also collaborate with TC staff to assess the needs of youth, and then liaison with LAYC staff to identify workshops and activities that address those needs. A primary role for this position will be the development of a youth leadership project.
Brenda Hali Carrillo HernándezMexico (Host: Meridian International Center)
Brenda Hali has five years of experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. During these years she has had the opportunity to serve and work in marketing, sales, product development, internal communication, social projects management and the organization of international conferences and summits, all in different countries across Latin America. She earned a Bachelor´s Degree in Business Trades from the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico. Brenda Hali most recently worked as Chief Marketing Officer in the NGO AIESEC in Panama. With her team, she organized more than three hundred international volunteer and professional experiences, facilitating a network of one hundred youth leaders. She also created and replicated in Panamanian universities a forum called “Youth Competitiveness in a Multicultural Country” to create awareness about the social situation in the country. Through her experiences, Brenda Hali has developed strong multi-cultural teamwork, project management, volunteers management, facilitation, startups development consulting and mentoring skills. Brenda Hali feels ownership over the second big problem in Latin America: Education. She believes that good youth leadership and social entrepreneurship can make a difference in her region.
Host Organization: Meridian International Center
Role at Host Organization: As a communications coordinator, Brenda Hali will recruit and place Fellows in fellowships. She will coordinate site visits, cultural and volunteer activities, and speaking engagements that will provide opportunities to apply skills. Uniquely positioned at the intersection of the public, private and diplomatic sectors, Meridian’s broad network will support Summit and Fellowship components.