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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. 

 
 
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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.

 

Adam Nubbe

ELP Facilitator

Adam joined Edu-Futuro's 2017-18 AmeriCorps team following a year of service with City Year DC, where he provided academic and behavioral support to Kimball Elementary School's second graders. A Falls Church native, Adam graduated from the soon-to-be-former J.E.B. Stuart High School, and is excited to serve with the students there and at Edu-Futuro's other sites. He graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2016 with a B.A. in Government.

 

Morgan Grant

Volunteer Coordinator/Co-Facilitator

Morgan is from Manassas, Virginia and is a 2017 graduate of James Madison University. She earned her B.A in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies. During her time in college she became interested in youth development and nonprofit organizations through various internships and volunteer service projects. Morgan is excited to join Edu-Futuro and to work with youth in the Arlington and Fairfax area.

 

Alec Paget

ELP Facilitator - AmeriCorps Member

Alec is a recent University of Virginia grad excited to start his year of service at Edu-Futuro! While studying Spanish and Global Sustainability at UVA, Alec interned for two summers for a refugee resettlement agency based in Charlottesvile. This experience, along with his time volunteering as a ESOL tutor for local immigrant students, sparked his passion for non-profit work and issues facing immigrants in his local community.

 

Malissa McSwain

Workforce Development & Parent Support - AmeriCorps Member

Malissa joined Edu-Futuro’s 2017-2018 AmeriCorps cohort after spending her first year post-grad in Central Mexico, where she taught English at a public university through the Fulbright program. A North Carolina native, Malissa studied Spanish and Education at Davidson College while also volunteering with academic programs for English Language Learners of all ages, locally and internationally in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her interest in second language acquisition provided her with opportunities to interact with immigrants in her own community and inspired her to pursue social justice initiatives and nonprofit work, especially with a focus on youth and families.

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.