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Jorge E. Figueredo, MPP
Executive Director
Mr. Figueredo has extensive experience leading organizations and programs committed to providing social services, advancing social justice, and advocating on behalf of immigrant communities. Mr. Figueredo was the Executive Director of the Hispanic Committee of Virginia, a local non-profit, which he transformed into a regional multi-million dollar organization. He conceptualized and founded Security One Bank (today known as John Marshall Bank) with 13 other members. He was also the director of the ACLU of Virginia’s Racial Justice and Immigrant Rights Project. Most recently, he worked for The Centech Group, Inc., and the National Federal Contractors Association (NaFCA). He is a native of Colombia, received his bachelor’s degree from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia, and his master’s degree in public policy from the University of Maryland at College Park. He has two young daughters who attend Arlington Public Schools. Mr. Figueredo is excited to focus on providing educational opportunities for our immigrant youth, which in his experience as an executive, advocate, and an immigrant himself, is critical for having a long-term impact in our communities.

Paola Sandoval-Moshenberg
Program Director
Paola joined the Edu-Futuro team after a career in mental health and human services.  She worked for Fairfax and Arlington Counties and Northern Virginia Family Services, where she specialized in providing culturally relevant human services to historically underserved populations such as immigrants, youth, and domestic violence survivors.  Ms. Sandoval-Moshenberg has a B.A. in psychology from the University of the Andes (Bogota, Colombia) and an M.Ed. in Community Agency Counseling from George Mason University, where she was awarded a merit scholarship for excellence in leadership, advocacy, multiculturalism, and social justice.  She is the proud parent of two Escuela Bolivia students. 

 
 

Stacey Cooper
Workforce Development Specialist
After four years in the Dominican Republic, first as a community economic development advisor in the Peace Corps, then as the in-country director for a nonprofit, Stacey recently returned to the U.S. and joined the Edu-Futuro team.  Originally from Madison, New Jersey, Stacey graduated cum laude from the University of Richmond with a bachelor's degree in business administration, then spent the following decade alternating between working in corporate America (in NYC and San Diego); and traveling/volunteering/teaching in Latin America.  In 2011, Stacey received a master's degree in peace and justice studies from the University of San Diego's Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies and the following year joined the Peace Corps.  She was assigned to an isolated agricultural community in the mountains near the border with Haiti, where she was responsible for working with individuals and local organizations to increase sustainable economic development opportunities.

 

Maria del Carmen Mateus
Parent Support Specialist
Born and raised in Ecuador, Maria obtained her bachelor's degree from the University of Loja where she majored in Middle School Education with a thesis focused on Diagnostics of the Intellectual Capacity of Elementary School Students in Quito, Ecuador.  In 2000, she moved to the U.S. with her husband and two children where they made Fairfax their home. Shortly after, Maria began her career with Fairfax County Public Schools. For the past 14 years with FCPS, she has served as an assistant teacher for children with special needs, speaker and presenter for Drug and Alcohol Prevention Parent Workshops, and as Parent Liaison for elementary and high schools.  Maria has always found passion working with the immigrant community and has made it her mission to lead and engage families to successfully navigate the educational system.  She joined Edu-Futuro in September 2016.

 

David Spinosa
ELP Facilitator - Fairfax

David started with Edu-Futuro in 2016 as part of the 2016-2017 Americorps team. Born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia, David moved to Fairfax County after graduating from Columbia University with a degree in English and Comparative Literature. Before joining Edu-Futuro, David volunteered with The Legal Aid Society of D.C.'s Housing Unit, providing assistance to low-income tenants facing eviction. The grandson of Italian immigrants, David is excited to work with young immigrant students in the Northern Virginia.  


Emily Stanislawzyk
ELP Facilitator - Falls Church

Emily joined the Edu-Futuro team as a member of the 2016-2017 ArlingtonWorks! Americorps cohort..  Originally from Massachusetts, Emily moved to Arlington after graduating from The University of Vermont in May 2016.  She holds a B.A. in community and international development and spent her undergraduate years focused on sustainable agriculture, community building initiatives and refugee resettlement.

 

Lisa Thai
ELP Facilitator - Springfield

Lisa’s love for service ignited during her four years at Virginia Tech. During her time as an undergraduate student, she focused her energy on cultural awareness and volunteerism. Her most memorable moments, however, were working with the immigrant communities in the New River Valley area. After earning her B.A. in international studies and human development in 2016, she moved to China to serve as an intern for the University and College Counseling Department at an international high school. She is very excited to be one of the new ELP facilitators for this upcoming year and looks forward to working with the youth in the area.

 

Adriana Thornton
ELP Facilitator - Arlington

Adriana grew up in Arlington, Virginia and is a proud alumna of the Arlington Public School system.  She is thrilled to be part of the Arlington Works program: specifically as an ELP Facilitator for Edu-Futuro.  Adriana received her B.A. from DePauw University by majoring in Spanish and English Literature.  It was at DePauw where she had the opportunity to serve not only in Greencastle, IN but also in Quito, Ecuador and Segovia, Spain.  Adriana is passionate about nonprofit organizations that focus on community outreach and youth development, literature, and human and animal rights.

Augusto Wayar
Saturday Spanish School – Administrative Dean
Mr. Wayar has been with Edu-Futuro since its establishment in 1998 and has helped the organization maintain strong ties to the Bolivian and Latino community. After many years of dedicated service as Vice-Principal, he was recently promoted to serve as Escuela Bolivia’s Principal. With more than 20 years of progressive experience in a variety of fields that include Teaching, Natural Resources, and Cartography, Mr. Wayar is an asset to Edu-Futuro and, in 2009, was named Employee of the Year at Hoffman-Boston Elementary School where he is a Bilingual Family Resource Assistant. Prior to working for Arlington Public Schools, he served as special adviser in the Inter-American Defense College of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, DC. Mr. Wayar graduated with honors as a Natural Resources Engineer in 1975 from the Escuela Militar de Ingenieria in La Paz, Bolivia.

Sonia Wayar
Saturday Spanish School – Administrative Coordinator
Mrs. Wayar has been with Edu-Futuro since it began, where she has served on the Board of Directors for 8 years and has been Secretary since 2003. She was recently promoted to Administrative Coordinator. She has worked for eight years in the Ministry of Public Health in La Paz, Bolivia and has taken Tourism courses at the Universidad Mayor de San Andres also in La Paz. Mrs. Wayar currently works in the Arlington Public Schools Intake Center as a Bilingual Resource Assistant.
 


Elizabeth Clavel-Love
 Parent Leadership Initiative – Coordinator
Ms. Clavel has been with Edu-Futuro as the Parent Involvement Coordinator since 2005, actively leading the parent community through PESA, PARTICIPA, as well as guiding ELP parents and families. Since 2009, she also has worked as the Bilingual Family Resource Assistant at Campbell Elementary School with Arlington Public Schools, supporting families and staff members with interpretation services and coordinating family involvement programs. Ms. Clavel served on the Edu-Futuro board from 2005 to 2007, and currently sits on the Citizens Advisory Committee of ESOL/HILT as its Co-Chair. She received her B.A. is Pedagogy at Intercontinental University in Mexico City and Diploma in Education from INHUMIC.