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APRIL 6TH 
KEILA DEL VALLE
Keila
serves as Via's Regional Director of Volunteer Travel in Central America. Born in Guatemala City, she recently completed her Master’s Degree and has over 8 years of experience in carrying out logistics for all necessary travel services, project implementation, and community building in Tecpan and San Martin, Chimaltenango. Keila is a passionate educator working with indigenous communities and visitors to effectively address the ongoing challenges of extreme poverty.

APRIL 13TH
NANCY MALDONADO

Nancy Maldonado is a community advocate with a strong commitment to improving the lives of marginalized communities. She has held leadership positions for the past fifteen years and has a proven track record of identifying growth opportunities within organizations, driving development efforts, contract and grant compliance, fiscal management, team development and leadership. She is a dynamic leader that has been recognized for her dedication to helping communities.

Nancy joined Chicano Federation as the Senior Program Director in 2017. Her knowledge of community based research and experience in leading the strategic development of community based programs and interventions propelled her to the position of Chief Operating Officer in 2018. Since then Nancy has worked to improve the quality of Chicano Federation’s programs and services and helped build a strong foundation for long-term growth and innovation. In January 2019, Nancy was named Chief Executive Officer of Chicano Federation.

Nancy holds a Master's Degree in Exercise Science and a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology. She formally owned and operated her own business where she developed and implemented corporate wellness programs. Prior to joining Chicano Federation, Nancy served as the Director of Community Health for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Nancy has been recognized for her leadership and contributions to the San Diego community by multiple publications and the California State Assembly

APRIL 20TH
Two reporters from the Voice of San Diego who cover the border and
related issues. VOSD (vosd.org) is San Diego’s online investigative newspaper that reports on local government, the environment, schools, decisions in Sacramento that affect San Diego, the border, and a wide range of issues of interest San Diegans.
MAYA SRIKRISHNAN
Maya Srikrishnan was Voice of San Diego’s border reporter for several years before her recent
switch to her current position as Associate Editor of Civic Education. In her years covering the
border, she wrote on a wide variety of issues, including dispatches from Honduras about the
migrant caravans, San Diego’s immigration courts, the Tijuana River sewage problem, and a
number of other topics. Maya also reports on marginalized communities in San Diego and oversees Voice of San Diego’s civic education series, San Diego Explained
(https://www.voiceofsandiego.org/?s=San+Diego+explained).
MACKENZIE ELMER

MacKenzie Elmer writes about science, environment and energy for Voice of San Diego. Her recent reporting on the Tijuana River and steps to clean it up gained a lot of attention from border watchers, and her weekly Environment Report educates and informs San Diegans on current environmental issues.

 

 

MARCH 27RD
OPEN CONVERSATION WITH VIA INTERNATIONAL
Do you want to follow up on something you heard from one of this month's guests?
Do you want to ask something you've always been meaning to ask about Via International or the Via Cafe?
Or maybe you just want to learn what's happening on the border - like the impacts on the ground in Tijuana from the Biden Administration's closing down the Trump Administration's "Remain in Mexico" policy for migrants seeking asylum in the United States?
Everything will be on the table tomorrow as we open things up for conversation with the remarkable group of people who have been assembling in our Via Cafe ZOOM room on Tuesdays. 
I'm reminded of the Spanish expression, "tomar la palabra." It literally means "to take the word," but more practically it means to "speak out" or to "speak up."

 

 
 
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