Leticia Jáuregui | Founder & Executive Director
… completed two bachelors degrees in Economics and International Relations at ITAM, followed by two masters in science at the University of California Davis in Community Development and Agricultural Economics. She has presented her work about remittances and micro entrepreneurial development at the Wharton School of Business, the Institute for Mexicans Abroad, the Organization of American States, and the OECD, among others. In 2008, Leticia founded Crea Comunidades de Emprendedores Sociales, A.C. and has been the Executive Director of the organization since then. She has received various award and honors as a result of her work with CREA: in 2008 she was selected as fellow by “Echoing Green,” one of the most prominent organizations that supports social entrepreneurs, in 2009 she was a finalist in the “Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards” and was selected as an “Architect of the Future” by the Wazdell Institute; and, in 2010 she was selected as a StartingBloc Fellow and a Cordes Fellow by Opportunity Collaboration and was a finalist of the national competition, Iniciativa México.
Elizabeth Vance | Associate Director
… completed her undergraduate degree in Development Studies, Geography and Education at the University of California Berkeley and a masters in science in Development Management at the London School of Economics. From 2006 to 2011 she was the Coordinator of Community Capacity Building and Education Excellence at Urban Strategies Council in Oakland, California. From 1999 to 2009 she served in various positions at Amigos de las Américas in Oakland, California, México, the Dominican Republic, and Bolivia, and interned at OXFAM International in 2005. Since March 2011 she’s served as the Associate Director of CREA in México.
Victoria Meza | Coordination of Communication & Institutional Relations
… is completing her final semester of her bachelors in Political Science at the Autonomous Technological Institute of México (ITAM). In 2008, she was the Media Coordinator of the annual Disarmament meeting organized by the UN. Also in 2008, at ITAM she developed “Sexual Diversity Week” to inform the student body about sexual diversity from an academic perspective in order to eliminate prejudices and stereotypes that our society continues to generate. This project has been replicated three times. Since 2010 she has been in charge of communication and institutional relationships at CREA.
Mitsy Ferrant | Special Projects
…worked during five years as a manager for one of England’s most important pub chains. During this time she specialized herself in business administration and cultural promotion. When she returned to Mexico she focused on documenting the city, interested in street art and urban social manifestations. She co-created a Blog dedicated to street art around the world. And then she also co-created a site/homage to the city, its people, textures and spaces. A digital archive containing thousands of images, completed by a library dedicated to information on public space, urban regeneration, street art, architecture and urbanism. She has promoted and produced cultural events and manifestations focused on recovering the use of public space, culture and communication as a way to heal urban societies. In the last couple of years she has participated in social projects taking an interest in education, and sustainability. She collaborated with Ashoka and got to meet Leticia, since September 2010 she is working with CREA focused on Special Projects like the new website.
Jean-Luc Ferrant | Strategic Partner
… graduated from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Saint Cloud, prior to his posting as Attaché in French Embassies in Mexico, Madagascar, United States and Argentina. During this period he developed several important cultural exchanges and showcased diverse bilateral educational manifestations. He also collaborated extensively with foreign language teachers, university professors, artists, writers and musicians. In the early ninety’s he became General Director the French-Mexican Chamber of Commerce and Industry. During this time he not only developed and promoted business exchanges between small and medium sized companies in France and in Mexico but also became a staunch defender of the significance of understanding of cultural differences as well as the importance of corporate social responsibility. He promoted the archeological restoration of Rio Bec in the State of Campeche, Mexico, in cooperation with INAH, CNRS and the Association of French companies in Mexico. And held this position for over 15 years. In 2008 he took over the position of Country Head of the Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Since September 2010 he’s served as a Strategic Partner for CREA in México.
Blanca Orozco | Regional Coordinator of Microenterprises in Zacatecas.
…completed her undergraduate studies in Communication Sciences at the La Salle Bajío University. There, she did social work with single mothers. In 2009, she was part of the team that took third place in a the “Migrant Boarder” short film competition. Also in 2009, she collaborated on the winning short film for the international “Hunger Bytes” short film competition organized by the World Food Program of the UN. In 2010 she served as the Deputy Administrative Coordinator of Early Childhood Daycare Program for the state office of SEDESOL. Since 2008, Blanca has visited various marginalized regions of the state of Zacatecas working and identifying women’s needs. Blanca joined CREA’s team at the end of 2010 as a Regional Coordinator of Microenterprises, in charge of administrating CREA’s Zacatecas office and negotiations with the various departments of the state government to develop alliances and strategic development.
Edson Arroyo | Regional Coordinator of Microenterprises in Zacatecas
… completed his undergraduate studies in Industrial & Systems Engineering at ITESM – Monterey Campus and his masters in Administrative Sciences at the Autonomous University of Zacatecas. In addition, he completed a diploma in Supply Chain Administration at ITESM – Zacatecas Campus. Since his undergraduate studies, Edson has distinguished himself as a star student (he received top marks for his qualifying exam) and became involved in the economic development of Zacatecas when he participated in a university program: “SEDESOL and You” in 2005 which benefited over 55 highly marginalized participants. Likewise, Edson won first place in ITESM’s Entrepreneur Program. Since 2006, Edson has completed various studies and analysis in the field and for the Autonomous University of Zacatcas and CREA. After participating as a CREA promoter in Fresnillo in 2009, Edson joined the CREA’s team as the Regional Coordinator of Microenterprises in Zacatecas in 2010. Edson specializes in project development and business consulting particularly about improving sales.
Ofelia Reyes | Regional Coordinator of Microenterprises in Zacatecas
… completed her undergraduate studies in Computer Science at Higher Technological Institute of Fresnillo and her masters in Administrative Sciences at the Autonomous University of Zacatecas. From 2001 to 2006 Ofelica worked in the private sector in international trade. Since 2006, she has supervised and conducted field work around the theme of migrant communities of origin and productive projects in Jalisco and Zacatecas with the Autonomous University of Zacatecas, Stanford University and CREA. Ofelia has been a trainer for CREA since 2009, and joined the CREA team in the beginning of 2010 as a Regional Coordinator of Microenterprises specializing in training, business clinics and technical assistance.