Our team.
Inspired and inspiring.


Elizabeth C. Cook
Founder, President, Director
Joan M. Knudson
Vice President, Director
Katie Doyle Myers
Director of Programs
Jake Matlak
Associate Director of Programs
Jordan Bailey
Field Coordinator, Community Banks
Manuel Ernesto Perez Santiago
In-Country Director of Programs, Philanthropiece Scholars
Alicia Zezza Conte
Program Coordinator, Youth Global Leadership
Alex Applefield-Alvarez
Program Coordinator, Philanthropiece Scholars
Ernesto Vázquez Morquecho
Regional Coordinator (La Paz), Community Banks
Martha Drew
Regional Coordinator (Loreto), Community Banks
Caitlin Mendenhall
Scholarship Program Consultant, Philanthropiece Scholars
Martha Márquez
Regional Coordinator (Comondú), Community Banks
Chris Mendenhall
Office Manager
M Essa
YGL Program Intern
Gabi Murillo
Program Intern

Advisory Board

At Philanthropiece, we are fortunate to have a team of inspired and inspiring individuals who are willing to go to the end of the earth and back – or at least to the end of a long dirt road in the back of a bumpy bus – to share in the process of creating a better life in our partner communities.