Edu-Futuro Associate Council
Edu-Futuro's Associate Council is comprised of young professionals in the DC area who volunteer their time to support the mission of Edu-Futuro.
Natalia Montelongo (2017-2018) is a first-generation Mexican-American from Oklahoma. She received her M.Ed. in Educational Studies from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK in 2016. Before arriving to Washington DC, she worked as a Program Coordinator for Aspiring Americans, a program focused on providing financial aid assistance, mentorship, and academic counseling to undocumented students in the Oklahoma City metro area. She currently works for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants in the D.C. area as a Program Officer with a mission of providing resources and tools to children and families who are in need of legal protective services, access to education, and ensure they perform exceptionally well in a completely new country and space. She is currently a Masters of Public Administration and Policy candidate at American University in hopes of learning and growing as a young professional so that she can continue helping the community. She hopes to continue to equip herself with more tools to continue to fulfill her mission and passions of empowerment, engagement, and education with Edu-Futuro. She currently serves as the Associate Council Chair.
Kaitlin Wynne (2017-2018) is a graphic designer at Comella Design Group in Bethesda, MD with a focus in print design, branding, and marketing. She works almost exclusively with non-profit organizations in the DC metro area, many of which operate in the education sector. She enjoys studying foreign languages and has varying degrees of fluency in Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Italian. She is also a cookbook author, and received an award for Best Culinary Heritage Book at the 2017 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Kaitlin graduated magna cum laude from Towson University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and minor in Spanish in 2015. She currently serves as the Associate Council Vice Chair and Public Relations Officer.
Martín Orjales (2016-2018) is an AmeriCorps Member at Edu-Futuro as well as a Business Developer. His work regularly puts him in direct contact with the upper management of local, national, and international companies with whom he fosters a strong business relationship. 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. This is evident in his volunteering at Edu-Futuro (where his strength in public opinion and game theory helped incentivize feedback from students and parents attending Edu-Futuro’s programs) and his work with Your Cleats for Bare Feets (a program with worldwide reach he created with his brothers). Martín graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Political Science with focuses in International Political Economy, International Relations, and Political Theory. Martin serves as Recruitment & Retention Officer for the Associate Council.
Ricardo Espitia (2018) has 8 years of public service experience in facilitation, program design, operations, training and nonprofit administration. He currently works at Peace Corps Headquarters where he supports overseas programming and training efforts. He is a Masters of Development Management candidate at American University. Ricardo served as a Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines from 2014-2016 where he partnered with his position counterparts to service first generation college students, develope a high school leadership program and participate in multiple USAID projects. Outside of work he serves on the board of the PCAFPD which provides full scholarships to need based, high achieving Filipino students. Over the years he was involved in program administration for the National Hispanic Institute and has served a Student Supervisor and an Executive Team Leader for various student leadership academies. Ricardo is from Austin, Texas and holds a B.A. in International Relations and Urban Geography from the University of Texas at Austin. He speaks Spanish, Kinaray-a (Filipino dialect), and Tagalog (Filipino). His passion involves enhancing human capacity, student programming, training, diversity and youth development.
Diego Soto (2018) was born and raised in Honduras. After graduating from high school he moved to Costa Rica to study Law at the Universidad de Costa Rica. During Law School, he worked at the law firm Arias & Muñoz and was in charge of managing a Pro-bono account, “Un Techo Para Mi Pais” today called “TECHO” which is a major foundation that provides habitation solutions and organization of communities, throughout Latin-American countries. In 2013, he became a Board Member of the Costa Rican Association for International Law and was appointed Deputy Director of the Foreign Affairs Committee for the Law Students Association at the Universidad de Costa Rica. In 2014, he moved to the United States. Since moving to the U.S., Diego has been invited to be a Guest Speaker at the Latino Youth Leadership Conference for his role has Chapter President and later State President of Junior Chamber International. He also volunteers as an Editor for WH Español. Since 2015, he has been working at the World Bank Group and he currently works in the Legal Affairs and Claims Group at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency.
Tristan Moonsammy (2018), as a first-generation graduate from college, knows all too well the struggles that come along with striving to complete a college degree program. Tristan graduated with a double major in Finance and Business Management from George Mason University. Because of his value for education, Tristan has become a passionate leader in his community and is determined to educate local youth in his community about the endless opportunities that you gain from receiving an education. Tristan’s goal is to take the tools he has learned through his educational and career journey to develop young leaders to make a difference in their communities. Currently, Tristan is a Senior Consultant with Deloitte Consulting; he leads projects that involve Financial Analysis, Risk Management, and Cybersecurity, which requires him to meet strict deadlines in a dynamic client-driven, fast-paced work environment. Previously, Tristan worked as a Senior Associate at KPMG, and as an Experienced Associate at PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).