What drew you to work in philanthropy?
Looking back, I can identify three crucial stages that drew me to the work I am doing today. First, understanding more about inequality, stepping aside from concepts and theory, and translating them into real experiences (personal and from others), this stage came with many emotions, predominantly indignation, accompanied by the desire to learn more and be more involved in change. Second, the realization that I could dedicate my energy, time, and resources to causes that are important to me, start healing and transforming certain emotions, learn more, preparing myself, collaborate with others, identifying my values and perspective on specific issues, adopting a posture on what development means to me, to my community, to others, and an understanding of the importance of the elevation and empowerment of local changemakers in the process. Third, finding spaces and people whose values align with mine, where I can keep learning, collaborating, supporting others, and healing personally and collectively. GoPhil is one of those spaces for me.
Who or what inspires you?
Meeting and learning more about native communities worldwide, their cultures, ways of life, and art. Collaborating with Maya communities on issues that affect our country and its people inspires me and motivates me every day. Also, learning and experiencing more sustainable ways of life and community organization.