Introducing our newest team members

Meet Jessica Saavedra, our Human Resource Coordinator, who is dedicated to fostering a positive work environment and uplifting employee satisfaction. Originally born in Bronx, NY and raised in CA, Jessica loves her Mexican roots and culture, and she is excited to return toEsperanza United, where she served as a Community Advocate years ago. She believes in empowering the Latin@ community through consistent self-care and recognizing the positive impact individuals can make. Welcome back, Jessica! 

Meet Raysa Guerrero, our new System Engagement and AdvocacySpecialist. Born in New York with Dominican roots, Raysa loves Dominican cuisine. She cherishes holiday moments with her family, savoring traditional food. Inspired by Nelson Mandela’s quote, “It always seems impossible until it’s done,” Raysa is motivated to push herself and maintain consistency, reminding herself that achieving her goals are always within reach. 

Meet Adriana Parra, our Communications Intern from Bogotá, Colombia. Passionate about soccer, podcasts, and music, Adriana loves Italian cuisine. Her belief: everyone deserves a space filled with love and compassion, free from violence. 



Introducing Meagon Torres, ourTraining and TA Specialist, proudly born and raised inDallas, Texas. Her biggest inspiration? Her kids. Meagon also has a love for tacos, pizza, and pan dulce. Guided by the maxim, “Be the change you want to see in the world,” she believes in the power of personal initiative. Meagon is inspired by the ripple effect of one person encouraging the next, creating positive change in communities. 

Meet Carolina Alzuru, Manager of Community and Capacity Building who is originally fromVenezuela. She grew up in Athens Georgia and now lives in Durham, North Carolina. Enthusiastic about both watching and playing sports outdoors, she enjoys indulging in her favorite dish, Milanesa de carne con papas fritas. In her free time and her work, Carolina emphasizes the importance of prioritizing individual health — both physical and mental — to build any successful movement.