Introducing the 2017–2018 Fellows

The Mosaic Fel­low­ship, a trans­for­ma­tion­al strat­e­gy led by Conex­ión Améri­c­as, is designed to con­nect and empow­er a net­work of lead­ers from diverse back­grounds across the state of Ten­nessee. Lead­ers of col­or must play an inte­gral role in the k-12 edu­ca­tion ecosys­tem in Ten­nessee, both to bet­ter reflect the com­mu­ni­ties served by our pub­lic schools, but to also bring an essen­tial mix of expe­ri­ence and insights that are required for long-term improve­ment in stu­dent achieve­ment. The Mosaic Fel­lows are reimag­in­ing and improv­ing pub­lic edu­ca­tion in Ten­nessee, and have a track record of action and a sense of urgen­cy, as well as a demon­strat­ed com­mit­ment to results that ensure edu­ca­tion­al oppor­tu­ni­ty for all chil­dren.

What the Fellows are saying:

“The Mosaic Fel­low­ship has been trans­form­ing and ful­fill­ing. It is amaz­ing to be in a fel­low­ship where I am not the only per­son of col­or or the only male per­son of col­or. The val­ue placed on iden­ti­fy­ing as a lead­er of col­or in the edu­ca­tion space is reas­sur­ing and inspi­ra­tional.”

Dr. Diare­se George, Direc­tor of Recruit­ing at Nashville Teacher Residency/Founder & Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Ten­nessee Edu­ca­tors of Col­or Alliance

“To be at the table with those that look like me and empathize with my expe­ri­ences as an edu­ca­tor, as a wom­an, as a per­son of color…My fel­lows have empow­ered me to try new things, take greater steps in my lead­er­ship and devel­op me as a lead­er for equi­ty in edu­ca­tion. I no longer have fel­lows, they are now my fam­i­ly. This is a once in a life­time oppor­tu­ni­ty that has changed me for the good. Thank you Conex­ión Améri­c­as!”
KC Curber­son-Alvarado, Ham­blen Co. Schools, Career Suc­cess Coor­di­na­tor 

The Mosaic fel­low­ship has pro­vid­ed me the opportunity/space to be with high lev­el ser­vant lead­ers of col­or to think, cre­ate, orga­nize and exe­cute. My thoughts have been pushed in ways I’ve nev­er expe­ri­enced and I am a bet­ter person(personally and pro­fes­sion­al­ly) as a result of my expe­ri­ence in the fel­low­ship. To be in this space gives me the hope that change is indeed attain­able and it is our respon­si­bil­i­ty to prove the pos­si­ble. I am inspired by their courage and com­mit­ment and I know that I am not alone in this fight. I have a new family.…..full of super­heroes being the change they want to see. 

Dr. Bob­by L. White, Jr., Founder/CEO-Frayser Com­mu­ni­ty Schools

East Tennessee Fellows

Clau­dia Caballero
Exec­u­tive Direc­tor

Clau­dia Caballero is the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor at Cen­tro His­pano de East Ten­nessee. She was born in the west­ern moun­tains of Hon­duras and earned her Bach­e­lors in Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion from the Catholic Uni­ver­si­ty of Hon­duras. She spent most of her ear­ly child­hood and teen life mov­ing between Hon­duras and the Unit­ed States. Now that she has made Ten­nessee her home she has ded­i­cat­ed her time to find­ing and open­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for immi­grants in her com­mu­ni­ty to become thriv­ing, healthy, pros­per­ous indi­vid­u­als.

Since tak­ing the posi­tion at Cen­tro His­pano, Clau­dia has steered the organization’s pri­or­i­ties to work­ing with school-aged chil­dren. It is her belief that to cre­ate sus­tain­able health and pros­per­i­ty in our emerg­ing Lati­no com­mu­ni­ty in East Ten­nessee, we must work tire­less­ly to strength­en the oppor­tu­ni­ties avail­able to our youth.

Clau­dia has also helped Cen­tro His­pano to make great pro­gress in its effort to provide edu­ca­tion, resources and com­mu­ni­ty sup­port to the adult immi­grant pop­u­la­tion of Knoxville. Clau­dia and the staff at Cen­tro His­pano have suc­ceed­ed in turn­ing Cen­tro into a place that is a true com­mu­ni­ty cen­ter; not only a place to learn but a place to con­nect.

Cas­san­dra “KC” Alvarado
Career Suc­cess Coor­di­na­tor

Cas­san­dra “KC” Curber­son-Alvarado is a native of East Ten­nessee. She grad­u­at­ed from King Uni­ver­si­ty with a BA and MBA. She is a cer­ti­fied basic eco­nom­ic devel­op­er and a recip­i­ent of the TSBA Award for Excel­lence in Edu­ca­tion Pro­grams for Work Ethic Diplo­ma of Dis­tinc­tion. KC has worked in the field of mar­ket­ing, pub­lic rela­tions, and pro­duct devel­op­ment; and cur­rent­ly works as the Career Suc­cess Coor­di­na­tor for Ham­blen Coun­ty School Dis­trict in Mor­ris­town, Ten­nessee. In her cur­rent role she devel­ops and sup­ports col­lege and career ini­tia­tives for 18 high schools, which include teacher extern­ships, stu­dent intern­ships, dis­trict wide col­lege and career day, and oth­er ear­ly post-sec­ondary oppor­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents. KC has a pas­sion for edu­ca­tion, equi­ty, and com­mu­ni­ty action. KC’s mis­sion is “I will always try to do what is best, right, and good. I will invest my time in what’s tru­ly endur­ing and may the way that I con­duct myself exem­pli­fy Christ.” KC is a for­mer city-plan­ning com­mis­sion­er and serves as pres­i­dent of H.O.L.A Lake­way, a board mem­ber of Sky­mart Ven­ture Place, Lake­way Human Resource Asso­ci­a­tion (LHRMA), and the Min­is­te­ri­al Asso­ci­a­tion Tem­po­rary Shel­ter (MATS). She resides in Rus­sel­lville, TN with her hus­band, Frank and their son, Uri­jah.

Quineka Moten
Direc­tor of Edu­ca­tion and Youth Ser­vices

Quineka Moten, Direc­tor of Edu­ca­tion and Youth Ser­vices for the Knoxville Area Urban League, has built her career around the belief that every child has the right to a qual­i­ty edu­ca­tion. Before join­ing the Urban League, she worked for the Great Schools Part­ner­ship help­ing to devel­op their com­mu­ni­ty school ini­tia­tive, which helps to make a school build­ing a hub in its com­mu­ni­ty. Moten served as Site Resource Coor­di­na­tor at Green Mag­net Acad­e­my, where she was a liaison between the ele­men­tary school and its com­mu­ni­ty part­ners. Moten’s com­mu­ni­ty ser­vice record spans more than a decade and includes work with numer­ous youth-serv­ing orga­ni­za­tions, vol­un­teer­ing with refugee groups and serv­ing on a num­ber of boards. Recent­ly, she was award­ed the 2017 Com­mu­ni­ty Wom­an of the Year by the Nu Zeta Chap­ter of Zeta Phi Beta Soror­i­ty, Inc. for her con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­ni­ty. Moten also serves as pres­i­dent of the Knoxville Area Urban League Young Pro­fes­sion­als, where she works dili­gent­ly to encour­age oth­er young pro­fes­sion­als to get involved in the Knoxville com­mu­ni­ty. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ten­nessee at Knoxville.

Gladys Pineda-Loher
Direc­tor of Inter­na­tion­al Com­mu­ni­ty Out­reach

Gladys Pineda-Loher has spent the past 17 years focused on work­force devel­op­ment and edu­ca­tion­al oppor­tu­ni­ties that sup­port the His­pan­ic and inter­na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ties.

Gladys began her work at the Knoxville’s His­pan­ic Cham­ber of Com­merce of East Ten­nessee in 2002. She moved to Chat­tanooga in 2009 to serve as the Busi­ness Diver­si­ty Coor­di­na­tor for the Chat­tanooga Area Cham­ber of Com­merce where she found­ed the Inter­na­tion­al Busi­ness Coun­cil. She became the Direc­tor of Inter­na­tion­al Com­mu­ni­ty Out­reach at Chat­tanooga State in 2013, and the col­lege received the 2014 Urban League’s Inclu­sion by Design Award for her pro­gram “Cul­tur­al Ambas­sadors and Inter­na­tion­al Achiev­ers.”

Gladys was rec­og­nized as one of the top 10 Most Valu­able Play­ers who impact­ed Chat­tanooga in 2017 by the Edge mag­a­zine, a month­ly busi­ness pub­li­ca­tion pub­lished by the Times Free Press. Each year they rec­og­nize indi­vid­u­als who have been influ­en­tial in the past year in shap­ing busi­ness and our local com­mu­ni­ty. She was added to the list for her work in pro­mot­ing diver­si­ty and orga­niz­ing a num­ber of Lati­no and mul­ti­cul­tur­al events local­ly.

Gladys was cho­sen as the 2017 Lati­no Com­mu­ni­ty Cham­pi­on dur­ing the Lead­er­ship Awards from La Paz Chat­tanooga, where she was rec­og­nized for cham­pi­oning ser­vices and for mak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant impact on Chattanooga’s Lati­no pop­u­la­tion.

Gladys is active in the com­mu­ni­ty, serv­ing on a num­ber of lead­er­ship roles includ­ing a mem­ber of the City of Chat­tanooga Office of Mul­ti­cul­tur­al Affairs Advi­so­ry Board, and board mem­ber for the Chat­tanooga Con­ven­tion & Vis­i­tors Bureau, Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion of Greater Chat­tanooga, and YMCA Met­ro­pol­i­tan Chat­tanooga, among oth­ers.

Gladys is a native from Colom­bia, South Amer­i­ca where she grad­u­at­ed from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Man­iza­les with a B.A. in Account­ing and a Master’s degree in Health Care Admin­is­tra­tion from the Uni­ver­si­ty Jave­ri­ana of Cali. She is a grad­u­ate of Lead­er­ship Chat­tanooga 2012 and 2017 Chatt-LEAD Pro­gram at Chat­tanooga State. Gladys lives in Chat­tanooga with her hus­band and four chil­dren.

Middle Tennessee Fellows

Diare­se George
Recruit­ing Direc­tor

As the Recruit­ing Direc­tor, Diare­se serves as the pri­ma­ry design­er and imple­menter for the Nashville Teacher Residency’s recruit­ing strat­e­gy.  Pre­vi­ous­ly, he served for five years as a high school Career Tech­ni­cal Edu­ca­tion teacher, with a focus on busi­ness. Addi­tion­al­ly, he has com­plet­ed edu­ca­tion lead­er­ship fel­low­ships for Edu­ca­tion Pio­neers, the State Col­lab­o­ra­tive on Reform­ing Edu­ca­tion (SCORE), and Hope Street Group. Diare­se holds a Bach­e­lors degree in Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion and Mas­ters degree in Cor­po­ra­tion Com­mu­ni­ca­tions from Austin Peay State Uni­ver­si­ty. He also received an MBA and Doc­tor­ate in Edu­ca­tion Lead­er­ship from Trevec­ca Nazarene Uni­ver­si­ty. In addi­tion to his efforts to recruit more peo­ple of col­or as edu­ca­tors through his respon­si­bil­i­ties at NTR, Diare­se found­ed and leads the Ten­nessee Edu­ca­tors of Col­or Alliance, which sup­ports edu­ca­tors of col­or by ampli­fy­ing their voice and pres­ence while focus­ing on three key areas: fel­low­ship, men­tor­ship, and lead­er­ship.

Ali­cia Hun­ker
Teacher

Ali­cia Hun­ker moved to Nashville from Dal­las, Tex­as in 2013, where she was born and raised. She stud­ied Ele­men­tary Edu­ca­tion at St. Mary’s Uni­ver­si­ty in San Anto­nio, Tex­as. After teach­ing for sev­en years she dis­cov­ered her teach­ing niche was mid­dle school math, which led her to Val­or Col­le­giate Acad­e­my, Nashville’s first socioe­co­nom­i­cal­ly diverse char­ter school net­work. Now in her third year at Val­or, Ali­cia is pas­sion­ate about moti­vat­ing schol­ars through inten­tion­al learn­ing expe­ri­ences, pos­i­tive guid­ance, encour­age­ment, and feed­back. Last year, her schol­ars achieved a TVAAS growth score of 14.7, among the high­est in the state for 6th grade math. In her free time, Ali­cia and her hus­band own and oper­ate Hun­ker Bag Co. She loves to attend his con­certs all over the coun­try, giv­ing them an oppor­tu­ni­ty to explore the world togeth­er. She is also an ultra-marathon­er and will have com­plet­ed 21 marathons by the end of the year.

Martel Gra­ham
School Direc­tor

Martel Gra­ham proud­ly serves as School Direc­tor for Knowl­edge Acad­e­mies High School in Nashville, TN.  He attend­ed Austin Peay State Uni­ver­si­ty, Clarksville, Ten­nessee where he earned his Bach­e­lors of Sci­ence degree in Spe­cial Edu­ca­tion. Addi­tion­al­ly, he earned a Master’s degree in Cur­ricu­lum and Instruc­tion in Read­ing with a Read­ing Spe­cial­ist Endorse­ment from Ten­nessee State Uni­ver­si­ty, as well as a Mas­ters of Orga­ni­za­tion­al Lead­er­ship from Trevec­ca Nazarene Uni­ver­si­ty. As a school lead­er, it has been his mis­sion to lead with a servant’s heart, help­ing oth­ers bet­ter under­stand their pur­pose, as well as the mis­sion of the orga­ni­za­tion.  Although there are many views on how to teach and lead, he believes that a com­bi­na­tion of strate­gies is nec­es­sary for suc­cess­ful devel­op­ment. He firm­ly believes every stu­dent can learn and should be pro­vid­ed with the nec­es­sary resources to learn in a way that is best suit­ed for his or her learn­ing style.

Vanes­sa Lazón
Direc­tor

Vanes­sa Lazón works in May­or Barry’s Office of Neigh­bor­hoods and Com­mu­ni­ty Engage­ment, lead­ing the Office of New Amer­i­cans. Vanes­sa moved to Nashville from Lima, Perú in the late nineties and grad­u­at­ed from high school in Nashville. This expe­ri­ence, along with her col­lege edu­ca­tion, as well as the launch of pro­fes­sion­al career, helped her under­stand the dif­fi­cul­ties New Amer­i­cans face as they make Nashville their home. The­se expe­ri­ences fueled her pas­sion to help young immi­grants and refugees, and through her work at the Oasis Cen­ter she devel­oped a strong rep­u­ta­tion as an advo­cate and lead­er. Vanes­sa has helped count­less young immi­grants in Nashville access appro­pri­ate resources and learn to nav­i­gate sys­tems in order to achieve their goals in life and obtain a strong edu­ca­tion. Vanes­sa is a grad­u­ate of Lip­scomb Uni­ver­si­ty, a for­mer MyC­i­ty Acad­e­my par­tic­i­pant, served as the co-chair of the Mayor’s New Amer­i­cans Advi­so­ry Coun­cil, and also co-chaired the Metro Parks’ Cel­e­brate Nashville TEENS Unit­ed Com­mit­tee.

Jon Robert­son
Found­ing High School Direc­tor

Jon S. Robert­son start­ed his career in edu­ca­tion at Brownsville Mid­dle School in Miami, FL. After apply­ing to TFA in 2005, Jon’s desire was to impact change in his stu­dents so they could deter­mine their own path­way in life. He began to see the impact of his efforts and end­ed up stay­ing at Brownsville for four years. In 2009 Jon worked as an instruc­tor at Gary Com­er Col­lege Prep (GCCP), a char­ter high school on the south side of Chicago. In 2010, Jon was pro­mot­ed to Dean of Dis­ci­pline, a posi­tion he held for the next two years. In 2012, Jon tran­si­tioned to New Orleans to lead a turn­around effort and in one year saw his school achieve remark­able aca­d­e­mic growth, includ­ing ACT growth that tripled the nation­al aver­age. Jon came to Nashville in 2013 with a fel­low­ship oppor­tu­ni­ty with the Ten­nessee Char­ter Cen­ter. Through the fel­low­ship, he met Dr. Kristin McGraner and in 2014, Jon accept­ed an offer to become the found­ing High School Direc­tor of STEM Prep High School, which has become one of the high­est per­form­ing high schools in the state and con­tin­ues to push the envelope for its stu­dents.

Peter Tang
TN Edu­ca­tor Fel­low­ship Coor­di­na­tor

Peter cur­rent­ly serves as the Ten­nessee Edu­ca­tor Fel­low­ship Coor­di­na­tor at the Ten­nessee State Col­lab­o­ra­tive for Reform­ing Edu­ca­tion. Before join­ing SCORE, he taught math and Eng­lish in the Achieve­ment School Dis­trict and Mem­phis City Schools before being named a mas­ter teacher at Kate Bond Mid­dle School in Shel­by Coun­ty Schools. Peter is an alum­nus of the Teach Plus Teach­ing Pol­i­cy Fel­lows pro­gram. He serves on the board of EdReports.org, a non­prof­it that helps edu­ca­tors and lead­ers to seek, iden­ti­fy, and demand the high­est-qual­i­ty instruc­tion­al mate­ri­als. Orig­i­nal­ly from New York, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Amher­st Col­lege and is work­ing on his Mas­ters in Pub­lic Pol­i­cy at Van­der­bilt Uni­ver­si­ty.

West Tennessee Fellows

Keji Kujjo
Teacher

Keji Kujjo is from Khar­toum, Sudan. She com­plet­ed her under­grad­u­ate career at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wis­con­sin-Mil­wau­kee where she received a bachelor’s degree in Com­mu­ni­ty Engage­ment & Edu­ca­tion and Inter­na­tion­al Stud­ies. Keji is an advo­cate of women’s empow­er­ment. Before mov­ing to Mem­phis, Keji worked at the Women’s Cen­ter at Bowl­ing Green State Uni­ver­si­ty. She devel­oped and imple­ment­ed var­i­ous pro­grams focus­ing on issues of race, gen­der, and sex­u­al­i­ty. She is cur­rent­ly serv­ing as a Youth Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the Unit­ed Nations after being appoint­ed by Pan-Paci­fic South East Asia Women’s Asso­ci­a­tion-USA. In addi­tion, Keji is very pas­sion­ate about work­ing with immi­grant and refugee stu­dents to ensure they are receiv­ing an equi­table edu­ca­tion. She strong­ly believes an excel­lent edu­ca­tion is a right that every stu­dent in this coun­try deserves. Keji is a 2017 Teach for Amer­i­ca-Mem­phis corps mem­ber. She joined TFA-Mem­phis because she want­ed to be direct­ly involved in the edu­ca­tion of immi­grant and refugee stu­dents. Keji serves as an Eng­lish as a Sec­ond Lan­guage Teacher with Shel­by Coun­ty Schools. She holds a Master’s of Art in Cross-Cul­tur­al and Inter­na­tion­al Edu­ca­tion with a focus on edu­ca­tion­al devel­op­ment for mar­gin­al­ized pop­u­la­tions.

Natal­ie McK­in­ney
Exec­u­tive Direc­tor
Whole Child Strate­gies

Natal­ie McK­in­ney is the exec­u­tive direc­tor of Whole Child Strate­gies, Inc. Pri­or to her appoint­ment, Ms. McK­in­ney served as the Direc­tor of Pol­i­cy for both Shel­by Coun­ty Schools and lega­cy Mem­phis City Schools, which includ­ed pol­i­cy devel­op­ment and leg­isla­tive plan­ning.  As part of the largest school dis­trict merg­er in Amer­i­can Pub­lic Edu­ca­tion his­to­ry, Ms. McK­in­ney led the effort to revise and devel­op a school dis­trict pol­i­cy man­u­al to accom­mo­date what amount­ed to an amal­ga­ma­tion of a rural, sub­ur­ban and urban school dis­tricts.

Pri­or to arriv­ing in Mem­phis, Ms. McK­in­ney found­ed and served as the inau­gu­ral direc­tor of the Juve­nile Law Clin­ic at North Car­oli­na Cen­tral Uni­ver­si­ty (NCCU) School of Law; pro­vid­ing a holis­tic approach to rep­re­sent­ing youth accused of delin­quent behav­ior and expelled from school. Ms. McK­in­ney has also served as an adjunct pro­fes­sor and coor­di­na­tor of the pro bono pro­gram for NCCU School of Law; a juve­nile law research asso­ciate at the Uni­ver­si­ty of North Car­oli­na at Chapel Hill’s Insti­tute of Gov­ern­ment; and prac­ticed law in Durham, NC and Atlanta, GA.

Ms. McK­in­ney holds a Juris Doc­tor from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley, School of Law, a Mas­ter of Pub­lic Affairs from Prince­ton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Pub­lic and Inter­na­tion­al Affairs, and a Bach­e­lor of Arts in polit­i­cal sci­ence from Spel­man Col­lege.

Cardell Orrin
Mem­phis City Direc­tor

Cardell Orrin cur­rent­ly serves as the Mem­phis City Direc­tor for Stand for Chil­dren. Pri­or to this, Cardell was the founder and prin­ci­pal of Linx Con­sult­ing. For over 10 years, Cardell was involved in projects that stretched across a wide breadth of areas that includ­ed strate­gic plan­ning, com­mu­ni­ty devel­op­ment, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, com­mu­ni­ty engage­ment, polit­i­cal cam­paigns, and tech­nol­o­gy ser­vices. Before found­ing Linx Con­sult­ing, Cardell worked as the Chief Infor­ma­tion Offi­cer (CIO) at LeMoyne-Owen Col­lege in Mem­phis. Cardell co-found­ed New Path, a local polit­i­cal action com­mit­tee focused on engag­ing young peo­ple in the polit­i­cal process and elect­ing solu­tions-ori­ent­ed can­di­dates to local office. He cur­rent­ly serves on the boards of Free­dom Prepara­to­ry Acad­e­my, Hat­tiloo The­atre, and Whole Child Strate­gies. He is a grad­u­ate of Lead­er­ship Mem­phis and the New Mem­phis Insti­tute Fel­lows Pro­gram, has received a Top 40 Under 40 Award from the Mem­phis Busi­ness Jour­nal, and was rec­og­nized by The April 4th Foun­da­tion with their Trail­blaz­er Award. Cardell grad­u­at­ed from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia with a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence and Engi­neer­ing in Com­put­er Sci­ence and Engi­neer­ing with addi­tion­al stud­ies in African Amer­i­can Stud­ies and Entre­pre­neuri­al Man­age­ment.

Bob­by White
Founder & CEO

After grad­u­at­ing near the top of his class at LeMoyne-Owen Col­lege, Bob­by began is pro­fes­sion­al career in cor­po­rate Amer­i­ca, but then moved to work­ing for the gov­ern­ment, and then as the Assis­tant Direc­tor for the Ten­nessee Char­ter School Resource Cen­ter. He spent 12 years with Mem­phis City Schools serv­ing as a teacher, coach, Assis­tant Prin­ci­pal and Prin­ci­pal; work­ing exclu­sive­ly in the schools with the high­est needs. He has a Mas­ters Degree in Cur­ricu­lum and Instruc­tion and will grad­u­ate this spring with a Doc­tor­ate in Edu­ca­tion­al lead­er­ship with an Urban Focus from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mem­phis. Mr. White left Mem­phis City Schools in 2012 to plan and build the infra­struc­ture to run and oper­ate his own schools. He is the founder and CEO of Fray­ser Com­mu­ni­ty Schools. Mr. White has appeared on CNN, Fox News, Essence Mag­a­zine, Gov­ern­ing mag­a­zine and a pletho­ra of local and nation­al pub­li­ca­tions due to his inno­v­a­tive ways of cre­at­ing pos­i­tive school cul­ture. As lead­er of Fray­ser Com­mu­ni­ty Schools, his charge is to be a game-chang­er in the land­scape of edu­ca­tion by lead­ing and oper­at­ing authen­tic neigh­bor­hood appli­ca­tion-free schools that embody and per­son­i­fy a cul­ture that focus­es on col­lege, career, and com­mu­ni­ty while devel­op­ing new tra­di­tions and build­ing pride.

Mar­cos Vil­la
Aca­d­e­mic and Devel­op­ment Direc­tor
Inter­cul­tur­al Research Cen­ter (CEFIMEX)

Mar­cos Vil­la has eigh­teen years of edu­ca­tion expe­ri­ence and twelve in uni­ver­si­ties as an under­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate Pro­fes­sor, Researcher, Direc­tor, and Vice Pres­i­dent. He has an excep­tion­al social jus­tice com­mit­ment collaborating/co-founding sev­er­al non­prof­its in Mex­i­co focussing on human rights, HIV, gov­ern­ment accountability/transparency, democ­ra­cy, and peace-build­ing. He has writ­ten sev­er­al arti­cles, book chap­ters and didac­tic mate­ri­als on the­se top­ics. Expe­ri­enced Inter­cul­tur­al, Inter­faith, Inter­na­tion­al net­work builder, crit­i­cal thinker and social media man­ager. Cur­rent­ly, he is the Aca­d­e­mic and Devel­op­ment Direc­tor at the Inter­cul­tur­al Research Cen­ter (CEFIMEX). He holds a Mas­ters Degree in Non­prof­it Man­age­ment from Reg­is Uni­ver­si­ty and a Bach­e­lor of Arts in Phi­los­o­phy and Social Sci­ence from ITESO. He also holds grad­u­ate cer­tifi­cates in Online Edu­ca­tion, Gov­ern­ment Account­abil­i­ty and High­er Edu­ca­tion. He is cur­rent­ly a Grad­u­ate stu­dent on Inter­na­tion­al Migra­tion at COLEF and has a pro­found inter­est in edu­ca­tion poli­cies.