Our Team

Founder, President, and Executive Director

Jesus Esquivel


Senior Program Managers

Adriana Mateo

Mayra Medina


Office and Business Coordinator / Out of School Time Coordinator

Stephanie Diaz


Director of Arts and Culture

Nancy A . Cortes


Music Programs Director

Fabian Lopez


Michael Millikan

Physical Education and Health and Wellness Director


Family and Community Empowerment Coordinators

Luz Ramirez

Maria Ruiz


Out-of School Time and Compliance Coordinator

Maricela Marquez


Urban Dance Coordinator

Sergio Rodriguez


Media Arts and Technology Coordinator

Cristian Paul Camarena


Consultants and Advisors

Manuel J. Medina, 

President of Pilsen Neighbors Community Council and Former Chief Officer of the Chicago Public Schools,  Office of Language and Cultural Education Officer


Dr. Margarita Ramos

CEO, EDUX Mexico and 

Executive Director of Medina-Ramos Global Education Group


Dr. Jerry B. Olson and Associates

Grant and Evaluation Consulting Group


Dr.  Joseph C. Fischer

President and Executive Director of America Baila: Folkdance Company of Chicago and Former Professor at National-Louis University


Frances Garcia

Principal (retired) at Calmeca Dual Language and Fine Arts Academy


Jee Yeun Lee

Former Director of Development at Columbia College Chicago, Chicago Center for Arts Partnerships