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