M E E T O U R T E A M
Jorge E. Figueredo, MPP
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 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.
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.
Administrative and Operations Coordinator
Norka was born and raised in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and moved to the U.S. in 2010 along with her daughter. She graduated from the Higher University of San Simon with a Bachelor Degree as a Public Accountant. Norka's past experience working at Airport Administration AASANA – Cochabamba has given her the opportunity to join the Edu-Futuro’s team as the Administrative and Operations Coordinator. Norka admires Edu-Futuro's strong mission and she is always willing to help other immigrants and their communities.
Youth Programs Coordinator
Emily joined the Edu-Futuro team as a member of the 2016-2017 ArlingtonWorks! AmeriCorps cohort. After a year of a successful service as an AmeriCorps member and ELP facilitator, Emily joined the Edu-Futuro staff in August 2017 as the Youth Programs Coordinator. Originally from Massachusetts, Emily moved to the greater D.C. area after graduating from the University of Vermont. She holds a B.S. in Community and International Development and spent her undergraduate years focused on sustainable agriculture, community building initiatives, and refugee resettlement.
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 is an alumnus of 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 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.
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.
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.
STEM Robotics Club Coordinator - AmeriCorps Member
Paul is joining Edu-Futuro after finishing his 2016-2017 service year with Virginia Commonwealth University. Born and raised in Alexandria, VA Paul is excited to back in the Northern Virginia area and looks forward to another year serving his country and community via AmeriCorps. Paul brings years of experience working with youth grades K-12 and he ultimately hopes to create a lasting legacy of philanthropy and laughter.
Emerging Leaders Program Facilitator - AmeriCorps Member
Ekta is a Woodbridge native and VCU graduate with a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and a B.S. in Psychology. She became interested in working with students after volunteering with multiple organizations on and off campus. Ekta is excited to join Edu-Futuro and serve her community as an AmeriCorps member!
Emerging Leaders Program Facilitator - AmeriCorps Member
Martín has been volunteering with Edu-Futuro since 2012 and in 2017 came aboard as a full AmeriCorps member. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 2015, Martín spent 2 years working as a Business Developer for several Federal Consulting Firms and helping grow Edu-Futuro's network and programs. Growing up in a bilingual household and having spent years living in Argentina, Martín understands the need for cultural diversity and strives to help those in need, both locally and abroad.
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.
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.