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Pedro Rios is director of the American Friends Service Committee’s U.S./Mexico Border Program. He oversees a program that documents abuses by law enforcement agencies, collaborates with community groups, advocates for policy change, and works with migrant communities.
Paola Villaseñor, better known by her nickname Panca, is a painter, muralist, street artist and illustrator born in San Diego, CA, US. Thematically, her work focuses on the dichotomy and decay of humanity using neon and pastel colors, grotesque figures and distorted shapes. She has been working between Mexico and the United States since 2004 making wheat-paste art, indoor murals, large scale outdoor murals and paintings on various different surfaces.
Working between Tijuana and San Diego, artist Griselda Rosas explores themes of cultural hybridity as they relate to identities. Rosas’ work is guided by her experience of living in a border region that is in constant migratory flux. She incorporates historical art and cultural references that become allegories of identity, gender, and violence inherent to the bi-national territory.
A native of the San Diego/Tijuana border region, Christian Ramirez has been an exemplary advocate of migrant, border communities and workers rights, having held positions with the American Friends Service Committee and the Southern Border Communities Coalition (housed at Alliance San Diego). Still based in San Diego, Christian now serves as statewide Policy Director for SEIU United Service Workers West, working to elevate the voices of the 45,000-member strong union.
Paul Espinosa, an award-winning Filmmaker, is President of Espinosa Productions, a San Diego-based production company specializing in Latino and U.S.-Mexico border topics. For over 40 years, he has produced, directed, and written numerous films for PBS and for festivals around the world. He is Professor Emeritus in the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University.
Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera is Associate Professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. She is also Global Fellow at the Wilson Center and Non-resident Scholar at the Baker Institute’s Center for the United States and Mexico (Rice University). Correa-Cabrera is co-editor of the International Studies Perspectives (ISP) journal.
Jason M-B Wells is chief executive of the chamber of commerce in San Ysidro, CA - the World’s busiest land-border crossing. With leadership skills transcending commerce, Wells has proudly held titles of “President” - San Ysidro School District Governing Board, “Petty Officer” - US Navy; and “Dad” at home to four.
ANA TERESA FERNÁNDEZ
Ana Teresa Fernández’s work explores the politics of intersectionality through time-based actions and social gestures, translated into masterful oil and gouache paintings, installations and videos. Operating formally at the intersection of land art, performance and history painting, Fernandez mines 21st-century feminism, post-colonial landscapes, and the psychological barriers to empathy.
CARMEN M. CHAVEZ, ESQ.
Carmen Chavez is the ExecutiveDirector at Casa Cornelia Law Center, a pro bono law firm in San Diego. Casa Cornelia Law Center provides direct representation in humanitarian immigration applications, including asylum and related relief and protection, special immigrant juvenile status, U and T visas, and VAWA self-petitions and cancellation of removal. It is the only legal service provider in San Diego serving detained unaccompanied alien children and the primary legal service provider for non-detained unaccompanied alien children. For the last 20 years, Ms. Chavez has worked at Casa Cornelia in various capacities, initially as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, then Staff Attorney/Program Director/Associate Director, and currently serves as the Executive Director overseeing a staff of 30 and a volunteer base of over 400. As a Staff Attorney and then Associate Director, she provided direct representation and mentored volunteers handling cases before the USCIS, EOIR and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Chavez has served on task forces, committees, working groups and has given numerous presentations and trainings to the legal community, social workers, law enforcement, students, community groups, faith community, parents and clients. Ms. Chavez is a California licensed attorney and a graduate of Loyola Law School. To learn more about Casa Cornelia Law Center visit our website at www.CasaCornelia.org.
Dr. Gerber taught at San Diego State for 34 years as a member of the Economics Department. He served as Director of Latin American Studies and Director of International Business. He is the author of several books and articles about international economics, Mexico, and the US-Mexico border.
With 30 years in Specialty Coffee, Karen Cebreros is the founder of Organic Coffee and International Women's Coffee Alliance and Women of Coffee Microfinance, and lives in Rosarito.
Elisa Sabatini is President of both Via International and of Los Niños de Baja California, an independent Mexican non-profit. Elisa brings years of experience working throughout Latin America with an expertise in micro-finance and community development.
Andy Carey is Executive Director of the U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership. Additionally he is an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of San Diego teaching post graduate courses on International nonprofit management. He serves in many civic capacities including, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Advisory Committee, Independent Districting Commission in Escondido, CA., and on the Advisory Board of St. Mary Catholic School in Escondido. In 2018 Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Relations presented Andy with the Ohtli Award.
JOSEPHINE "JOSIE' TALAMANTEZ
Josephine "Josie" Talamantez is a historian from San Diego, California. She co-founded Chicano Park in 1970 and helped develop it into a cultural National Historic Landmark containing the largest collection of artistic murals in the United States. Talamantez was also the Chief of Programs for the California Arts Council, served as the director of the Centro Cultural de la Raza, and was on the board of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture.