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


Physical Education and Health and Wellness Director

Michael Millikan


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 Medina-Ramos Global Education Group and Former Chief Officer of the Chicago Public Schools,  Office of Language and Cultural Education 


Dr. Margarita Ramos

CEO of EDUX Mexico and Executive Director of Medina-Ramos Global Education Group


Dr. Jerry B. Olson

CEO of Complement Consulting Group, JBO and Associates, and former Founding Director of the Chicago Teachers' Center at Northeastern Illinois University


Dr. Joseph C. FIscher

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


Frances Garcia

Founding Principal (retired) of Calmeca Dual Language and Fine Arts Academy (Chicago Public Schools)


Emily Hooper Lansana

Director of Community Arts at The University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts and Former Arts Administrator at Chicago Public Schools


Jee Yeun Lee

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