Meet The Team

Esperanza United is proud to welcome Vivian Huelgo as Chief Programs Officer

Esperanza United is proud to announce that Vivian Huelgo will be joining the organization as Chief Programs Officer tomorrow. Founded more than forty years ago, Esperanza United is the largest and most well-respected organization working across the United States to mobilize Latin@s to end gender-based violence. Vivian Huelgo brings more than […]

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Meet the team: Jeanette Bowden

Meet Jeanette Bowden, Training and Technical Assistance Manager, DV RISC and Firearms Project Where are you from? Born and raised in NYC but live in Georgia.  Both my parents were born in Puerto Rico.  I have a close relationship with the island. Where do you feel most at home? I feel […]

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Meet the team: Beverly Martinez

Meet Beverly Martinez, Youth Advocate Where are you from?  I was born in Puebla, Mx and have been in Minnesota since the age of 3. Where do you feel most at home?  I feel most at home anywhere when I’m surrounded by my family. What inspires you, professionally and personally? I’m […]

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Meet the team: Pamela Mercado Michelli

Meet Pamela Mercado Michelli, Project Coordinator  Where are you from?  I am originally from Isabela, Puerto Rico and have been living in Minnesota for the last 6 years. Where do you feel most at home?  I feel most at home when I am with my daughter wherever that is but, specifically […]

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Meet the team: Pedro Reyna

Meet Pedro A. Reyna, Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator  Where are you from?  Brownsville, TX  Where do you feel most at home?  I am never more at home than when I can sit and hug those close to me and my dogs.  What inspires you, professionally and personally? I would say […]

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Meet the team: Cynthia Zapata (CJ)

Meet Cynthia J. Zapata, Project Manager (they/them/she) Where are you from?  I was raised in Minnesota in the south metro and have lived in the Twin Cities for the last 6 years. Where do you feel most at home?  I feel most at home by a river or a lake. I […]

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Meet the team: Angelina Cotler

Meet Angelina Cotler, Bilingual Communications Manager Where are you from?   I was born in Lima, Peru.  Where do you feel most at home?  Any city that has an ocean view What inspires you, professionally and personally?  Professionally, I am inspired to contribute in some way to understanding the reality of Latin […]

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Meet the team: Montserrat Castro-Gomez

Meet Montserrat Castro-Gomez, Public Policy Fellow Where are you from?  I was born and raised in Querétaro, México.  Where do you feel most at home? Driving through the Mexican Federal Highway 57 (Carretera San Luis Potosí – Querétaro), the Atlantic coast of México, and having a meal with either of my […]

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Meet the team: Damary Rodriguez

Meet Damary Rodriguez, Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator  Where are you from?  I’m originally from New York (Brooklyn) but live in Pennsylvania now. Where do you feel most at home? By the water whether it’s a beach, lake, pool, or river! What inspires you, professionally and personally? Helping survivors heal and […]

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Meet the team: Yasmin Campos-Mendez

Meet Yasmin Campos-Mendez, Public Policy Manager Where are you from?   I am originally from a small town in the central valley of California, called Ivanhoe. Ivanhoe is a very small and rural town, where most of the population is Latin@ and Spanish speaking. Ivanhoe is in Tulare County, California, and […]

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