Change Starts With Us

Philanthropiece is a non-profit organization based in Longmont, CO, with additional branches in Quiche, Guatemala, and Baja California Sur, México. We accompany local leaders as they create programs, initiatives, and partnerships that improve their communities.

Our History

Philanthropiece, a private operating foundation, was originally founded in 1987 by social entrepreneur and humanitarian, Libby Cook. In 2006, Libby shifted the foundation’s purpose to reflect a more global perspective, and Philanthropiece began the journey of “piecing together a better world” that it continues today.

Our Timeline

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We held our inaugural Philanthropiece Advisory Board meeting.

We participated with a coalition to install renewable energy systems in rural schools in Mexico. This began our work in sustainable community development.

The first Community Bank in B.C.S., México, was formed in Laguna San Ignacio. [Press play button for program mini-documentary.]

A focus group with Limitless Horizons Ixil students in Chajul, Guatemala, provided the spark for the Philanthropiece Scholars program. [Press play button for program video.]

Youth Global Leaders experience their first Insight Trip, exploring themes of energy and social justice in the Southwest US. [Press play button for trip mini-documentary.]

Our courageous and compassionate leaders, Libby Cook and Joanie Knudson, tie the knot, reminding us all of the power of love, commitment, and unity!

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Filantropis ONG is founded, creating a Guatemala-based non-profit organization that is fully operated by a local team in Chajul!

Philanthropiece A.C. is founded, now it’s the team in México’s turn!

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We commit to becoming an organization that is based upon the values of collaboration, innovation, inclusion, celebration, and integrity!

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A LETTER FROM OUR CO-CHAIRS

The Philanthropiece Story

The previous founders’ story talked about us being “engaged in community empowerment and development work.” Empowerment and community development were trendy words back then. These days we shy away from the word “empowerment” because our work has challenged our ways of thinking about—and seeing—power and privilege.

And “development”? Well, since our last writing, we have offered financial literacy tools to more than 2000 savings groups members in Baja California Sur, Mexico; we have opened access to university scholarships and personal and professional development trainings to over 40 Mayan youth; we have mentored dozens of indigenous social enterprises in Guatemala; and we have inspired more than 50 youth in Colorado to become leaders dedicated to social justice and equity, just to list a few things. While that all certainly can fall under a general definition of development, over the years we have come to prefer the word “collaboration.” [story continues below…]

What we once called the Community Banks Program is now Philanthropiece Pedazo por Pedazo un Mundo Mejor, a Mexican Asociación Civil.  The Philanthropiece Scholars Program is now the Filantropis ONG, a Guatemalan non-profit organization. Both of these organizations, while a part of the Philanthropiece family, are autonomous organizations that are working toward their own sustainability.  

Along the way we have strived to be open to learning, growing, and sometimes making mistakes.  Today the Philanthropiece family has grown to an incredible team of over 30 of the most dynamic, passionate humans the world has to offer.

While we still fortunately spend a lot of our days Skyping and chatting with our Mexico and Guatemala teams, our focus locally has drawn more inward, toward our own organization and our own neighborhoods.  At a time when our communities have become more divided than ever, we ask ourselves, “What do we stand for?” and “Who do we stand with?”  We move humbly into this work, awake to the magnitude of the challenge. Our work still centers around catalyzing local leaders to create the positive social change that they feel is most needed in themselves and in their communities.  That starts within.

Community will always remain at the heart of what we love and what we do at Philanthropiece. It is a part of who we are. Creating community, being passionate, doing good work, and having fun. That’s the Philanthropiece ethos.

Yours in piecing together a better world,

Elizabeth C. Cook and Joan M. Knudson

Co-Chairs, Philanthropiece Foundation Board of Directors

Our Team

Alicia Conte

Advisory Board

Alicia Zezza Conte’s connection to Philanthropiece began in 2012 as a Program Intern. Following that, she worked as the Program Coordinator for Youth Global Leadership for five years, where she directed a social justice leadership program for Boulder County high school youth.

Based in Tucson, Alicia is currently a Master of Social Work student. She has a background in restorative justice, positive youth development, and youth mental health, and has worked with nonprofits in the United States and in Latin America. Alicia believes that human relationships are a powerful vehicle for change; she is humbled by Philanthropiece’s dedication to building relationships across borders, generations, cultures, and beyond. When she's not studying, you can find her playing soccer, writing in her journal, and spending time with friends in the desert Southwest.

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Catherine Cook

Advisory Board

Cathy was initially invited onto the Advisory Board in 2006 as a resource in the healthcare field. Her background includes medical,surgical,emergency and critical care nursing. After retiring from a 22 year nursing career at the VA in Palo Alto California, she relocated to Gilbert, Arizona where she has spent time volunteering with Banner Medical Center, The House of Refuge, and Matthews Crossing Food Bank. Cathy has participated in insight trips with Philanthropiece to Baja California, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Ecuador, and she led community healthcare initiatives in Laguna San Ignacio, México. Cathy also played an integral role as part of the community banking committee, assisting in researching and developing best practices for Philanthropiece’s savings groups initiative. Cathy values being part of the Philanthropiece team and appreciates the consistent commitment to developing authentic relationships as we engage with communities near and far.
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Doreen Martinez

Advisory Board

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Ernesto Perez Santiago

Program Consultant, Guatemala

Ernesto Pérez has worked as Philanthropiece Foundation’s Program Consultant in Guatemala since January 2018, and he also serves as a member of the Filantropis Board of Directors. Before moving into this position, Ernesto worked as Philanthropiece’s Director of Administrative Operations, coordinating the University Scholarship Program and Entrepreneurship Program. Ernesto takes great pride in successfully transferring these responsibilities to the Filantropis graduate Scholars, giving ownership of the programs to the people they benefit. Before joining Filantropis, Ernesto was the Regional Coordinator for Fundazucar Guatemala. He was the Director of the Better Families Program, where he oriented the most vulnerable populations in the rural area of Quiché and Alta Verapaz through the education of local women in the prevention of childhood malnutrition. Before his position with Fundazucar, Ernesto directed development programs financed by the International Cooperative and meant to strengthen the local Ixil Región economy after the signing of the Peace Agreements in Guatemala. Ernesto has a master’s in administration and analysis, and a bachelor’s in computer science and business administration from the University of Galileo in Guatemala. Ernesto is proud to be of Mayan origin with a native language of Ixil from Chajul, Quiché. He firmly believes that education is the best medium to create positive social change.
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Jake Matlak

Director of Programs

Jake has been working with Philanthropiece since 2012 and remains passionate about the organization and the work because it engages his core values. In the same week he can attend a local community meeting about environmental sustainability, discuss racial justice at a Philanthropiece book group, or strategize about new educational opportunities over Skype with colleagues in Guatemala. Through Philanthropiece, Jake can constantly immerse himself in relevant social, environmental, and economic justice issues. Whatever the project, he knows that the team will approach the work with integrity, critical analysis, and compassion. Jake is able to bring his personal, academic, and professional experiences to the table, while also knowing that he will be collaborating with brilliant minds from around the globe who will challenge him and push him to grow. At Philanthropiece, he can do all this and still have time to play soccer, hike the magical mountains of Colorado, watch cheesy movies, or cook delicious meals with his lovely wife Mar.
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Julie Moyle

Advisory Board

Julie is a nurse and environmental sustainability expert, and brings a perspective of personal, community, and global health and wellness to the Philanthropiece community. A founding Advisory Board member of Philanthropiece, Julie supports sustainable and innovative international community development, and has participated in international medical missions. Professionally, Julie is a staff member of Practice Greenhealth, a non-profit health care sustainability organization. She is also a staff nurse in the OR at Centura Health, and founder of 1x1 Consulting, which specializes in health care sustainability solutions. She earned her BSN from Vanderbilt University and master’s degree in nursing administration from Duke University. Julie enjoys living in Colorado and, when not in the office, can be found somewhere in the backcountry hiking, skiing, and backpacking, or domestically in the garden or kitchen.
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Marcos Bop

Account & Interim Coordinator

As the General Accountant, who joined the Filantropis staff team in January 2018, Marcos Bop is responsible for all the administrative and operational bookkeeping as well as the presentation of the financial and fiscal information. Before coming onto the Filantropis team, he was the general accountant for the honey exporting cooperative Copichajulense, operating all the bookkeeping for the administrative and financial reporting. Marcos is currently a Filantropis scholar in his sixth year of public accounting and auditing at Mariano Gálvez University of Guatemala. He has been a Filantropis scholar since 2013 and is also currently serving as our Interim Coordinator.
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María del Carmen Itzep

Social Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator

As the Filantropis Entrepreneurship Coordinator since 2017, María del Carmen is responsible for selecting and training entrepreneurs. She works closely with each participant to cultivate new business ideas using a model of exchanging experiences, building capacity, and generating resources. Carmen is also a member of Filantropis’s Board of Directors. She joined Filantropis in 2014, starting with administrative, operative and technical tasks for the Filantropis programs. She has since contributed to program formation, entrepreneurship ideas, and the marketing and investment plan for Filantropis. Mary Carmen was a Filantropis Scholar, and has a bachelor’s in business administration from the Guatemalan University Mariano Gálvez.

Nancy Stevens

Advisory Board

Nancy Stevens has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry serving individuals, families, family foundations, and non-profit organizations. Ms. Stevens is currently Director of The Stevens Cohen Group, a private bank providing investment and wealth management services in the Boulder community. Ms. Stevens received her MBA from the University of Tennessee where she was an R.S. Tucker Fellowship recipient. She received a BA degree and graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In addition to serving on the Philanthropiece board, Ms. Stevens has served as a Trustee of the Boulder Community Hospital Foundation, a past President of Impact On Education, a past Chairperson of the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County and the Boulder Chamber of Commerce’s Esprit Entrepreneur, and served on the board of E-Town. As a long-time Vipassana meditator, she is interested in helping others discover the benefits of meditation. Ms. Stevens is dedicated to encouraging philanthropy within our local community for the good of all.
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Rachel Fuchs

Advisory Board

Early on, Rachel was taught the importance of observing the world around her and sharing generously where she could. As a Boulder native, she was eager to leave town and explore upon graduating high school. As an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago, she had the opportunity to explore a community very different than the one in which she was raised and was changed by the experience. Upon graduation, she took a plane to Costa Rica where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer with the Community Economic Development program working with the community on planning income-generating projects as well as on developing the skill-sets necessary to personal and community advancement. That experience was incredibly profound, and Rachel still maintains friendships with many of the people she met there. Since 2008, Rachel has worked for Intercambio Uniting Communities, whose vision of a world where people communicate and connect across cultures fulfills her own desire to maintain a grounded connection to the community she calls home. For Rachel, Philanthropiece has allowed her the opportunity to continue to explore relevant issues facing our global and local communities.
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Violeta Chapin

Advisory Board

Professor Violeta Chapin teaches the Criminal & Immigration Defense Clinic at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder, CO. She and her students are supporting and defending undocumented students and other members of our immigrant community as the uncertainty around DACA, Temporary Protected Status and other immigrant-related programs continues. Violeta joined the Colorado Law faculty in August of 2009 after serving for seven years as a trial attorney with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. As a public defender, she represented both adult and juvenile clients who had been charged with serious felony-level crimes and defended their constitutional rights against the government. Violeta attended college at Columbia University in New York City and received her law degree from New York University School of Law.
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Ana Anay

Maintenance and Cleaning

Ana’s role is to maintain a healthy, pleasant environment in the Filantropis office and she does so with great dedication. She is also an adult educator for the Guatemalan National Committee of Literacy. Ana has graduated High School with a focus in Science and Literature and has worked with the Filantropis team since 2016.
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Dalila Osuna

Trainer, Loreto Region

Dalila Osuna Toba considers herself an adventurous, responsible person who loves to learn. She has worked with Philanthropiece A.C since 2017. She enjoys her work greatly, yet what she enjoys most is the constant learning that relating to other people provides and seeing the positive life changes she is able to contribute to people who learn the culture of saving. Dalila says “the community visits are without a doubt opportunities that allow us to learn new ways of life that make us a better person.”
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Elicia Asicona

Administrative Assistant

As the Filantropis Administrative Assistant since March 2017, María Elicia is responsible for all communication and management of program participants, be it the Scholarship Program, Social Entrepreneurship Program or Internet Service Program; she is also an important member of Filantropis’ Board of Directors. Her past experience includes directing social projects focussed in early childhood literacy based out of two different education centers and the local public library. Elicia has a mathematics and physics teaching degree from the Rafael Landívar University and currently teaches adult math classes at the Instituto Nocturno in the municipality of Chajul, Quiché. Elicia is proud to be one of the first graduated Filantropis Scholars in our Scholarship Program.
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Ernesto Vázquez

Director of Operations

Ernesto has a great passion for the natural environment and how we relate to it. Since he came onto the Philanthropiece team in 2014, Ernesto finds great satisfaction in helping ranchers, fishers, teachers, and homemakers in Baja California Sur find the tools that will bring tranquility into their daily lives. At the same time he feels these communities have taught him new ways to overcome adversity and find happiness. Ernesto is very proud to be part of the Philanthropiece family that extends from Colorado all the way to Guatemala. Ernesto is a social science teacher, a marine biologist, a father, and an adopted human of 3 cats and 2 dogs. He has lived in Baja California Sur since 1991 and longs to be at sea and at the desert all the time.
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Joan M. Knudson

Co-Chair, Board of Directors

“My years with Philanthropiece have opened up worlds both within myself and outside of myself that I never knew, or could have dreamed, existed. I am forever changed.”
Joan brings her accounting and financial background to the organization, overseeing the unexciting but necessary realities of accounting and tax compliance, among other things. She has been with Philanthropiece since 2005, first as Co-Executive Director and now as Co-Chair, Board of Directors. What really gets her excited at Philanthropiece is the incredibly talented and diverse group of people she is privileged to learn from and grow with. Every day brings opportunities to be awakened and healthily challenged, and she feels she has learned more in less than 15 years with Philanthropiece than in the several decades that came before. Notwithstanding her knack for accounting, Joanie tends to approach life heart first and brings her thoughtful sensitivity to Philanthropiece, always striving to ensure our work remains true to our values. Joan loves spending time with her family and friends, rejuvenating through creative endeavors, horseback riding, and spending time with the earth. She particularly dislikes writing bios.
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Katie Doyle Myers

Executive Director

Katie’s ideal day at Philanthropiece would entail a dinámica with the team in Chajul, a visioning session in the Barn with the Colorado crew, and an opportunity to accompany her compañeros in México to a community savings group meeting. She is grateful every day to be in the presence of folks who inspire and challenge her, who care for her and teach her what it means to truly stand for justice and solidarity. That day could only be made better by including a few moments to cook a healthy meal for her family, practice yoga or run the trails, connect with friends in her small town of Louisville, read a nonfiction book, and to share a laugh and a hug with her three best guys, husband Bryan and sons Phineas and Leo. Katie hopes to bring to Philanthropiece and to her community conscious leadership, keen awareness, a willingness to listen and learn, an open mind, and a compassionate heart.
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Martha Drew Aguilar

Regional Coordinator, Loreto

Martha Drew Aguilar began working with Philanthropiece in January 2014. Her passions include working with communities, reading, walking and jogging, as well as her garden, home, and family. She likes the simple and easy-going things in life: a sunset, the rain, a good cup of coffee. She loves to learn new things, and currently is learning how to paint with watercolors. Martha holds her Licenciatura in Alternative Tourism and her MA in environmental and natural resources economics from the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur, and she is a co-founder of the Asociación Civil Pedazo por Pedazo un Mundo Mejor Philanthropiece.
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Marysabel Canales

Accountant & Administrator

Marysabel enjoys everything to do with nature. She loves images of the sea or of a sunset, be it with rain, in front of a creek, on the mountains, or in one of the many villages of Mexico. She has strong bonds with her family and loves being with them; family relationships are of utmost importance for Marysabel. She loves to collaborate with organizations that work in environmental, conservation, and social issues. She has greatly enjoyed collaborating with Philanthropiece and her surrounding community. Originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Marysabel has worked with many private and non-profit organizations administratively. She has a bachelor’s in accounting with a focus on business administration.
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Otoniel Caba Laynez

Teilen Coordinator

Otoniel is the operative technician of the internet service that Filantropis provides in Chajul. He is responsible for the installation of all telecommunications equipment to connect the Chajul community to the global network. He has great experience in communication networks and is co-founder of Teilen, the internet providing service in his community. He also dedicates himself to enterprises such as honey and organic egg production. Otoniel is a graduate from our Filantropis Scholars program and received his degree in education administration from Mariano Gálvez University.
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Rebecca Battenfelder

Advisory Board

While Becca has passion and thirst for knowledge from her formal educational background in recreation management and community development, her day-to-day activities have shifted over the years. Many of the project-based studies concentrating around sustainable development and tourism catch her attention; however. raising her children has grounded her into the community threads of Boulder, Colorado. As a mother of three young girls, she has concentrated energy on nourishing their bodies and minds while creatively experimenting in the culinary world of her kitchen with her passion for cooking and gardening. She practices daily routines with her girls that encompass aspects of patience, strength, bravery, and courage through interpersonal interactions, volunteering weekly, art, physical activities, elements of literacy, music, and outdoor adventure. Working alongside the Philanthropiece family, Becca has been able to pursue her interests in environmental justice, travel, youth development, and aspects of social equality (and inequity). She brings curiosity to all that she does, and is honored to be part of the Philanthropiece narrative as the story or our work and impact unfolds.
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Raye Watson

Design and Communications Consultant

Drawn to social justice by their own experiences as neurodivergent, chronically ill, and queer, Raye joined Philanthropiece in 2016 as part of Youth Global Leadership—something they describe as “one of the most impactful decisions of my life thus far.” During 18 months of YGL membership, Raye traveled to the Southwestern U.S. to learn and work alongside immigrant justice organizations, attended the White Privilege Conference in Kansas City, and collaborated with partners such as Legacy High School’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Casa de Paz, Boulder Food Rescue, and Genesister to manifest community in their hometown.

Now, as a recent high school graduate, Boettcher Scholar, and graphic design student at CU Denver, Raye is thrilled to continue their partnership with Philanthropiece as a Design and Communications Consultant. They believe that art is a powerful way to change the world and are looking forward to offering their creative skills as a way to further the mission of Philanthropiece.

When not studying or working, you'll find Raye doing yoga, listening to podcasts, and hammock camping...sometimes simultaneously.

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Andrea Laynez Zuñiga

Communications & Logistics Coordinator

Andrea is responsible for communicating the achievements and challenges of Filantropis on social media as our Communications and Logistics Coordinator. Previously, she worked with the Association of Ixil Farmers as a field technician in family gardens and as an advisor for traditional Ixtil women artisans. As well, while Andrea was working toward obtaining a university degree as a Technician in Agroforestry from the University of Valle de Guatemala she served as a teacher at the Ixil Society Diversified Institute. Currently, Andrea is a Filantropis Scholar in her fifth year as a student in Agroforestry Technology Engineering. She joined the Filantropis team in January 2018.
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Dominga Bop

University Scholarship Program Coordinator

As the Filantropis Scholarship Program Coordinator since January of 2017, Dominga is responsible for the selection of new scholarships, for the ongoing assessment and support for current and alumni scholars, and also plays an important role on Filantropis’ Board of Directors. She is passionate in everything she does, but mostly in helping each Scholar realize their dream of obtaining a university degree. Her experience has been in working technically on social projects; she created three community gardens at schools in the rural areas and co-founded a social enterprise that gives food services to the municipality of Chajul. She obtained a Bachelor’s in Social Work with a major in development management from the University of Rafael Landivar. Dominga is proud to be one of the first graduated Filantropis Scholars in our Scholarship Program.
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Elizabeth C. Cook

Founder & Co-Chair, Board of Directors

Twenty years ago when Libby Cook started on her philanthropic journey she thought she was well equipped to help solve some of the most pressing problems facing our world. She had already found great success as an attorney and entrepreneur, founding Wild Oats and Sunflower Farmers Markets. Those endeavors provided Libby the opportunity to positively impact the way Americans eat, how we grow our food, and also to model a more socially conscious business culture. Wild Oats was at the forefront of the organic agricultural and natural foods movements, as well as one of the first for-profit companies to integrate the principles of social entrepreneurship. Libby applied the skills learned during those 20+ years to the work of the Wild Oats Community Foundation and now to Philanthropiece in order to engage with communities both locally and globally to help tackle their most pressing issues. It did not take long for Libby to understand the magnitude and complexity of this challenge! She now brings a much more humble approach to the work of Philanthropiece, and realizes how much she has to learn. Despite this, Libby is more committed than ever to implement the systems change needed to address the social, environmental, and economic injustices in today’s society. She is proud of Philanthropiece and the opportunity to work alongside our passionate and committed team and the communities with which we collaborate. When not intellectually and emotionally challenged at Philanthropiece, Libby turns to the physical challenges that feed her and the company of her friends and family. Scrabble? Pickleball? Volleyball? Mountain Biking? Backpacking? Surfing? Kayaking? Libby’s all in!
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Irlanda Estrada

Regional Coordinator, La Paz

Irlanda Estrada Gastelum has a bachelor’s in economy, with master studies in environmental economy and natural resources from UABCS University. She enjoys the simple things in life such as a nice stroll outdoors; the smell of morning coffee, which she calls “my loyal companion of reflection and planning for a good day ahead”; her children Mara and Carlos, the motors of her life; a good conversation; and without a doubt her work as a teacher and trainer with Philanthropiece A.C. More than just being a job, Philanthropiece has been what has revolutionized her life in every way. Thanks to the enriching exchange with the people in the communities, she has connected in unique ways with the humanity in each individual and planted in each person a piece of herself and of Philanthropiece.
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Jordan Bailey

Field Coordinator

Jordan Bailey started with Philanthropiece in 2009, first as a volunteer and then eventually creating the Field Coordinator role. If asked what he loves most about the job, it's a no-brainer: the PEOPLE! Jordan has picked up new passions because of his work with Philanthropiece. For example, he is dedicated to supporting folks to learn more about becoming financially literate; he’s dedicated to working with marginalized populations; and he has a thirst for learning about social issues. Jordan's dream has long been to live self-sustained, off-the-grid in a tiny home with his wife. With the addition of his son Tay (born April 2018), that dream has shifted - but just slightly. Jordan’s attention is currently focused on 1:00AM and 4:00AM feeds and hours of rocking his little guy, which he would not trade for all the tiny homes in the world. His favorite motto remains: Live every day to the fullest because you don't know what tomorrow holds!
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Laura Soto

Operations Manager

Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and raised bicultural in the U.S., Laura has engaged in community activism for social justice from a very young age to uplift the disparities found in her local community. Laura brings to Philanthropiece close to 20 years of experience working in advocacy for underrepresented groups, and a love for dancing, singing, poetry writing, making sarcastic jokes, and celebrating life! Laura also has a son and a daughter she has raised bicultural in the U.S. who are her favorite people to share sarcastic jokes with.
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Martha Márquez

Executive Director, Philanthropiece A.C.

At Philanthropiece Martha has found a family with whom to share the philosophy of serving the community and together building piece by piece a better world. She says, “I contribute to my country’s enrichment by working honestly, loving life profoundly, and striving to make people smile.” Her most important work has been serving as a volunteer “laugh doctor” in Tijuana and learning from the rural communities as she serves the Municipality of Comondú. Martha has a bachelor’s in communication, a master’s in human development with the Iberoamerican University of Tijuana, and doctorate in social sciences with a focus on sustainable development from UABCS University.
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Morning Glory Farr

Editor & Content Manager, Advisory Board

Dime con quién andas, y te diré quién eres.
Tell me with whom you walk, and I will tell you who you are.

For Morning Glory, this Spanish proverb embodies much of the depth, joy, and gratitude she feels in relation to her work with Philanthropiece. Through Philanthropiece, Morning Glory has had the opportunity to live and walk amongst many people, from fishing families in Laguna San Ignacio, Baja, to indigenous Mayan school children in Chajul, Guatemala, and now with open-hearted changemakers in Colorado. In all of these experiences, Morning Glory has deeply valued the chance to learn, grow, and contribute to these communities and to help envision a better world together. She brings a background in journalism and non-profit development, along with a passion for sustainable living practices, resource conservation, exuberant curiosity, and unbridled laughter, to all the work she does with Philanthropiece.

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Perla Duarte

Trainer Comondú

Born in the City of Constitución, Baja California Sur, Perla is a graduate of UABCS University with a bachelor’s in communication. She has dedicated herself to theater performance for some time and has always worked in commerce. This has allowed her to be in constant human contact and develop great people skills. Perla works as a trainer with Philanthropiece A.C., which she feels has given her vast learning and growing experiences.

Saraí Arellanes

Regional Coordinator Comondú

Saraí is 27 years old, originally from Baja California Sur, México, and has worked with Philanthropiece since 2016. She enjoys music and traveling, and loves to learn and to help others in every way she can. Saraí is a business management engineer, with a master’s in social sciences and concentration in sustainable development. Saraí’s favorite phrase is, “Be the change you want to see in this world.”

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Alicia Conte

Advisory Board

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Elizabeth C. Cook

Co-Chair

Twenty years ago when Libby Cook started on her philanthropic journey she thought she was well equipped to help solve some of the most pressing problems facing our world. She had already found great success as an attorney and entrepreneur, founding Wild Oats and Sunflower Farmers Markets. Those endeavors provided Libjby the opportunity to positively impact the way Americans eat, how we grow our food and also to model a more socially conscious business culture. Wild Oats was at the forefront of the organic agricultural and natural foods movements, as well as one of the first for profit companies to integrate the principles of social entrepreneurship. Libby applied the skills learned during those 20 plus years to the work of the Wild Oats Community Foundation and now to Philanthropiece in order to engage with communities both locally and globally to help tackle their most pressing issues. It did not take long for Libby to understand the magnitude and complexity of this challenge! She now brings a much more humble approach to the work of Philanthropiece, and realizes how much she has to learn. Despite this, Libby is more committed than ever to implement the systems change needed to address the social, environmental and economic injustices in today’s society. She is proud of Philanthropiece and the opportunity to work alongside our passionate and committed team and the communities with which we collaborate. When not intellectually and emotionally challenged at Philanthropiece Libby turns to the physical challenges that feed her and the company of her friends and family. Scrabble? Pickleball? Volleyball? Mountain Biking? Backpacking? Surfing? Kayaking? Libby’s all in!
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Jordan Bailey

Field Coordinator

Jordan Bailey started with Philanthropiece in 2009, first as a volunteer and then eventually creating the Field Coordinator role. If asked what he loves most about the job, it's a no-brainer: the PEOPLE! Jordan has picked up new passions because of his work with Philanthropiece. For example, he is dedicated to supporting folks to learn more about becoming financially literate, he’s dedicated to working with marginalized populations, and has a thirst for learning about social issues. Jordan's dream has long been to live self-sustained, off-the-grid in a tiny home with his wife. With the addition of his son, Tay (born April 2018), his that dream has shifted - but just slightly. Jordan’s attention is currently focused on 1:00A and 4:00AM feeds and hours of rocking his little guy, which he would not trade for all the tiny homes in the world. His favorite motto remains, ``Live every day to the fullest because you don't know what tomorrow holds!``
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Laura Soto

Operations Manager

Born in Chihuahua, Mexico and raised bicultural in the U.S. Laura has engaged in community activism for social justice from a very young age to uplift the disparities found in her local community. Laura brings to Philanthropiece close to 20 years of experience working in advocacy for underrepresented groups; a love for dancing, singing, poetry writing, making sarcastic jokes and celebrating life! Laura also has a son and a daughter she has raised bicultural in the U.S. who are her favorite people to share sarcastic jokes with.
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Rachel Fuchs

Advisory Board

Early on, Rachel was taught the importance of observing the world around her and sharing generously where she could. As a Boulder native, she was eager to leave town and explore upon graduating high school. As an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago, she had the opportunity to explore a community very different than the one in which she was raised and was charged by the experience. Upon graduation, she took a plane to Costa Rica where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer with the Community Economic Development program working with the community on planning income-generating projects as well as on developing the skill-sets necessary to personal and community advancement. That experience was incredibly profound and Rachel still maintains friendships with many of the people she met there. Since 2008, Rachel has worked for Intercambio Uniting Communities whose vision of a world where people communicate and connect across cultures fulfills her own desire to maintain a grounded connection to the community she calls home. For Rachel, Philanthropiece has allowed her the opportunity to continue to explore relevant issues facing our global and local communities.
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Raye Watson

Design and Communications Consultant

Drawn to social justice by their own experiences as neurodivergent, chronically ill, and queer, Raye joined Philanthropiece in 2016 as part of Youth Global Leadership—something they describe as “one of the most impactful decisions of my life thus far.” During 18 months of YGL membership, Raye traveled to the Southwestern U.S. to learn and work alongside immigrant justice organizations, attended the White Privilege Conference in Kansas City, and collaborated with partners such as Legacy High School’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Casa de Paz, Boulder Food Rescue, and Genesister to manifest community in their hometown.

Now, as a recent high school graduate, Boettcher Scholar, and graphic design student at CU Denver, Raye is thrilled to continue their partnership with Philanthropiece as a Design and Communications Consultant. They believe that art is a powerful way to change the world and are looking forward to offering their creative skills as a way to further the mission of Philanthropiece.

When not studying or working, you'll find Raye doing yoga, listening to podcasts, and hammock camping...sometimes simultaneously.

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Catherine Cook

Advisory Board

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Jake Matlak

Director of Programs

Jake has been working with Philanthropiece since 2012 and remains passionate about the organization and the work because it engages his core values. In the same week he can attend a local community meeting about environmental sustainability, discuss racial justice at a Philanthropiece book group, or strategize about new educational opportunities over Skype with colleagues in Guatemala. Through Philanthropiece, Jake can constantly immerse himself in relevant social, environmental, and economic justice issues. Whatever project, he knows that the team will approach the work with integrity, critical analysis, and compassion. Jake is able to bring his personal, academic, and professional experiences to the table, while also knowing that he will be collaborating with brilliant minds from around the globe who will challenge him and push him to grow. At Philanthropiece,he can do all this and still have time to play soccer, hike the magical mountains of Colorado, watch cheesy movies, or cook delicious meals with his lovely wife Mar.
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Julie Moyle

Advisory Board

Julie is a nurse and environmental sustainability expert, and brings a perspective of personal, community and global health and wellness to the Philanthropiece community. A founding Advisory Board member of Philanthropiece, Julie supports sustainable and innovative international community development, and has participated in international medical missions. Professionally, Julie is a staff member of Practice Greenhealth, a non-profit health care sustainability organization. She is also a staff nurse in the OR at Centura Health, and founder of 1x1 Consulting, which specializes in in health care sustainability solutions. She earned her BSN from Vanderbilt University and Master’s degree in Nursing Administration from Duke University. Julie enjoys living in Colorado and when not in the office can be found somewhere in the backcountry hiking, skiing and backpacking, or domestically in the garden or kitchen.
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Morning Glory Farr

Advisory Board

``Dime con quién andas, y te diré quién eres.``
``Tell me with whom you walk and I will tell you who you are.``
For Morning Glory, this Spanish proverb embodies much of the depth, joy and gratitude she feels in relation to her work with Philanthropiece. Through Philanthropiece, Morning Glory has had the opportunity to live and walk amongst many people, from fishing families in Laguna San Ignacio, Baja to indigenous Mayan school children in Chajul, Guatemala and now, with open-hearted changemakers in Colorado. In all of these experiences, Morning Glory has deeply valued the chance to learn, grow and contribute to these communities and to help envision a better world together. She brings a background in journalism and non profit development, along with a passion for sustainable living practices, resource conservation, exuberant curiosity and unbridled laughter, to all the work she does with Philanthropiece.
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Rebecca Battenfelder

Advisory Board

While Becca has passion and thirst for knowledge from her formal educational background, Recreation Management and Community Development, her day to day activities have shifted over the years. Many of the project based studies concentrating around sustainable development and tourism catch her attention, however raising her children have grounded her into the community threads of Boulder, Colorado. As a mother of three young girls, she has concentrated energy on nourishing their bodies and minds while creatively experimenting in the culinary world of her kitchen with her passion for cooking and gardening. Practicing daily routines with her girls that encompass aspects of patience, strength, bravery and courage through interpersonal interactions, volunteering weekly, art, physical activities, elements of literacy, music and outdoor adventure. Working alongside Philanthropiece family, Becca has been able to continue to pursue her attention, learning and interest in environmental justice, itch for travel, youth development and aspects of social equatity (and inequity). She brings ______ and is _______ to be part of the Philanthropiece narrative as their story unfolds.
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Doreen Martinez

Advisory Board

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Joan M. Knudson

Co-Chair

Coming Soon
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Katie Doyle Myers

Executive Director

Katie’s ideal day at Philanthropiece would entail a dinámica with the team in Chajul, a visioning session in the Barn with the Colorado crew, and an opportunity to accompany her compañeros in México to a community savings group meeting. She is grateful everyday to be in the presence of folks who inspire and challenge her, who care for her and teach her what it means to truly stand for justice and solidarity. That day could only be made better by including a few moments to cook a healthy meal for her family, practice yoga or run the trails, connect with friends in her small town of Louisville, read a nonfiction book, and to share a laugh and a hug with her three best guys, husband Bryan and sons Phineas and Leo. Katie hopes to bring to Philanthropiece and to her community conscious leadership, keen awareness, a willingness to listen and learn, an open mind, and a compassionate heart.
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Nancy Stevens

Advisory Board

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Violeta Chapin

Advisory Board

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Filantropis ONG

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Ana Anay

Maintenance and Cleaning

Ana se integró a Filantropis desde el año 2016 de forma eventual. Su rol es mantener la oficina con ambiente agradable y saludable, y lo hace con mucha dedicación. Además es Educadora de personas adultas por parte del comité de Alfabetización Nacional de Guatemala. Es graduada de Bachiller en Ciencias y Letras.
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Elicia Asicona

Administrative Assistant

María Elicia es la Responsable Administrativa en Filantropis desde marzo 2017. Es parte del consejo directivo. Es la encargada de la atención y de la gestión de los usuarios de los programas de Becas, Emprendimiento y Servicio de Internet. Su experiencia ha sido dirigir proyectos sociales en la formación de niños en lectura en dos centros educativos y en la biblioteca pública. Además comparte su tiempo como catedrática de matemáticas en el Instituto Nocturno en el municipio de Chajul, Quiché. Es Licenciada en Enseñanza de Matemáticas y Física de la Universidad Rafael Landívar. Fue una de las primeras becarias del programa de becas de Filantropis.
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Mary Carmen Itzep

President, Board of Directors

María del Carmen es Coordinadora de Emprendimiento de Filantropis desde el año 2017. Es parte del consejo directivo. Ella es responsable de seleccionar a nuevos emprendedores, en participar en la cultivación de ideas de negocios usando un modelo de formación e intercambio de experiencias y gestión de inversión. Se integró a Filantropis desde el año 2014, realizando tareas administrativas, operativas y técnicas, en los programas de Filantropis. Se ha formado en desarrollar ideas de negocios, mercadeo y plan de inversión. Ella es Licenciada en Administración de Empresas en la Universidad Mariano Gálvez de Guatemala. Fue becaria de Filantropis.
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Andrea Laynez Zuñiga

Communications & Logistics Coordinator

Andrea es la comunicadora de Filantropis Guatemala. Se unió al equipo a partir de Enero 2018. Es responsable de comunicar los logro y retos de la Asociación en redes sociales. Ella trabajó en la Asociación de campesinos Ixiles como Técnico de campo en Huertos Familiares y en el área de Artesanía, asesorando el trabajo de la mujeres Ixiles. Fue docente en el Instituto diversificado Sociedad Ixil, impartiendo clases con Bachilleres y Maestros. Obtuvo un Título Universitario en Técnico en Agroforestería, egresado de la Universidad del Valle de Guatemala. Actualmente es Becaria de Filantropis, estudiante del quinto año de Ingeniería en Tecnología Agroforestal.

Ernesto Perez Santiago

Program Consultant

Ernesto Pérez, es Asesor General de Filantropis, forma parte de su Consejo Directivo. Antes de ser Asesor General en enero de 2018, fue Director de operaciones técnicas y administrativas del Programa de Becas Universitarias y Emprendimiento Social, responsabilidades transferidos al personal, integrado por estudiantes formados en Filantropis, del cual se siente muy orgulloso. Antes de unirse a Filantropis, fue Coordinador Regional para Fundazucar Guatemala, fue responsable de dirigir el Programa Mejores Familias, orientado a la formación de mujeres en la prevención de la desnutrición en niños vulnerables del área rural en Quiché y Alta Verapaz. Antes de su trabajo en Fundazucar, fue responsable de dirigir Programas de Desarrollo en la Región Ixil, financiadas por la Cooperación Internacional, iniciativas orientadas a fortalecer y habilitar la economía local después de la firma de los acuerdos de paz en Guatemala. Ernesto obtuvo una Maestría en Análisis y Administración, su licenciatura fue en Informática y Administración de Negocios de la Universidad Galileo de Guatemala. Es de origen Maya, su idioma es el Ixil de Chajul Quiché, cree que la educación es el medio para crear cambios sociales positivos en la sociedad.
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Otoniel Caba Laynez

Teilen Coordinator

Otoniel es Técnico Operativo del servicio de Internet de Filantropis. Desde enero de 2018. Responsable de instalar el equipo de telecomunicaciones para conectar a la comunidad de Chajul a la red global mediante el servicio de internet Ilimitado. Su experiencia está basado sobre redes de telecomunicaciones, él es cofundador del servicio de Internet en la comunidad. Comparte su tiempo entre los proyectos de producción de miel y granja de gallinas ponedoras. Es becario de Filantropis, graduado como Técnico Universitario de Pedagogía en Administración Educativa en la Universidad Mariano Gálvez de Guatemala.
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Dominga Bop

University Scholarship Program Coordinator

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Marcos Bop

Account & Interim Coordinator

Marcos Bop es el Contador General de Filantropis se unió al equipo desde enero 2018. Es responsable operativo y administrativo de las cuentas contables y la presentación de la información financiera y fiscal. Antes de ser parte de Filantropis fue contador general de la cooperativa exportadora de miel Copichajulense, operando libros contables y fiscales para la presentación de informes financieras y administrativas. Actualmente es estudiante del sexto año de Contaduría Pública y Auditoría en la Universidad Mariano Gálvez de Guatemala. Y es becario de Filantropis desde el año 2013.

Philanthropiece A.C.

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Dalila Osuna

Trainer Loreto

Mi nombre Dalila Osuna Toba, me considero una persona aventurera, responsable, con muchas ganas de aprender , colaborando con Philanthropiece tengo más de 1 año, disfruto mucho de este trabajo, y lo que más me gusta es el aprendizaje constante que nos brinda al relacionarte con otras personas y el poder contribuir con un cambio positivo en las personas que adquieren la cultura del ahorro. Las visitas a las comunidades sin duda alguna nos brinda la oportunidad de conocer nuevas formas de vida que sin lugar a duda te hacen una mejor persona.
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Martha Drew Aguilar

Regional Coordinator Loreto

Martha Drew Aguilar began working with Philanthropiece in January 2014. Her passions include working with communities, reading, walking and jogging, as well as her garden, home, and family. She likes the simple and easy going things in life: a sunset, the rain, a good cup of coffee. She loves to learn new things, and currently is learning how to paint with watercolors. Martha holds her Licenciatura in Alternative Tourism and her MA in Environmental and Natural Resources Economics from the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur, and she is a co-founder of the Asociación Civil Pedazo por Pedazo un Mundo Mejor Philanthropiece.
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Perla Duarte

Trainer Comondú

Nacida en Cd. Constitución B.C.S. Egresada de la Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, de la carrera de Lic. Comunicación; Me dedique un tiempo al teatro, toda mi vida he trabajado en el comercio y eso me ha permitido estar constantemente en contacto con las personas. Actualmente me encuentro trabajando en Philanthropiece, una Asociación que me ha dejado mucho aprendizaje, y estoy creciendo junto a ellos.

Ernesto Vázquez

Treasurer, Board of Directors

Ernesto siente una pasión muy especial por la naturaleza y la forma en la que convivimos con ella. Desde que se incorporó a Philanthropiece en 2014 ha encontrado múltiples satisfacciones de ayudar a rancheros, pescadores, maestros, amas de casa en Baja California Sur a encontrar herramientas que les den tranquilidad en su vida cotidiana. Al mismo tiempo ha aprendido de estas comunidades de nuevos caminos para sobrellevar las adversidades y ser felices. Él se siente muy orgulloso de pertenecer a la familia Philanthropiece que se extiende desde Colorado hasta Guatemala. Ernesto es Maestro en Ciencias Sociales, Biólogo Marino, padre de familia y humano adoptivo de 3 gatos y 2 perros. Vive en Baja California Sur desde 1991 y desde entonces anhela estar en el mar y en el desierto todo el tiempo.
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Martha Márquez

Director of Programs

Contribuyo a la riqueza de mi país trabajando honestamente, amando profundamente a la vida y procurando hacer sonreír; en Philanthropiece he encontrado una familia con quien comparto la filosofía de servir y construir pedazo por pedazo un mundo mejor. Mi labor más importante ha sido en el voluntariado como Médico de la Risa en Tijuana, B.C. y aprendiendo del trabajo comunitario en las zonas rurales del municipio de Comondú. Licenciada en Comunicación, Maestra en Desarrollo Humano por la Universidad Iberoamericana Tijuana y Doctora en Ciencias Sociales con Orientación en Desarrollo Sustentable por la UABCS.
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Saraí Arellanes

Regional Coordinator Comondú

Mi nombre es Sarai Arellanes, tengo 27 años, originaria de Baja California Sur, México. Disfruto la música y viajar. Me encanta aprender y ayudar en todo lo que pueda. Trabajo en Philanthropiece desde el 2016. Soy Ingeniera en Gestión Empresarial, tengo una Maestría en ciencias sociales con orientación al desarrollo sustentable. Mi frase favorita es ``Marca la diferencia``.
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Irlanda Estrada

Trainer La Paz

Mi nombre Irlanda Estrada Gastelum, Lic. en Economía, con estudios de maestría en Economía del Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales en la UABCS, disfruto de las cosas simples de la vida como lo son la caminata al aire libre, el olor del café por la mañana ``mi leal compañero de reflexiones y planes para un buen día``, de mis motores ``Mara y Carlos`` mis hijos, de una buena charla, y sin lugar a dudas mis trabajos como maestra y Capacitadora de Philanthropiece, que más que un trabajo ha venido a revolucionar mi vida en todo sentido dada la riqueza y el intercambio que he logrado tener conmigo misma y con las personas de las comunidades, el conectar de una forma única con cada ser humano, sembrando en cada uno una parte de mí y Philanthropiece.
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Marysabel Canales

Accountant & Administrator

Originaria de Guadalajara, Jalisco , he trabajado en varias empresas de sector privado y en Organizaciones Civiles en lo Administrativo, de carrera académica en la Licenciatura de Contador público con una Especialidad Administrativa. Me gusta mucho la naturaleza, me enamoran las imágenes del mar,un atardecer, debajo de la lluvia , frente a un arrollo, de la sierra y pueblos que tenemos en todo México, me gusta mucho estar con mi familia, tengo lazos muy fuertes familiares para mi esto es importante, Me encanta colaborar con empresas que tienen que ver con la conservación de la naturaleza y con proyectos sociales, me ha gustado mucho colaborar con Philanthropiece y su gente.