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ADVISORY BOARD


Alexis Alvarez Franco
Alexis is a Consultant at FSG, a non-profit that provides social impact consulting and evaluation services for foundations and corporations around the world. In this capacity, Alexis has assisted both foundations and corporations in developing equitable philanthropic strategies in Latin America and the United States. Alexis previously served as Program Director for Building Dignity. During his tenure at Building Dignity, he found that the Villa El Salvador community truly welcomed him, fostering a bond that continues to grow to this day. He looks forward to serving on the advisory board as an opportunity to continue strengthening and supporting Building Dignity's efforts to empower the families of Villa El Salvador.

Alexis Alvarez Franco

Nicole Epps
Nicole is Managing Director at World Childhood Foundation USA. She is a non-profit leader working with street-affected and vulnerable youth on a suite of issues including human trafficking, community outreach, and victim services. In her previous positions, she served as the Associate Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Morris and Sussex Counties; Director of the US office of the anti-trafficking organization Apne Aap; and leader of Team Horizon, the first grassroots initiative of Safe Horizons. Across her career she has worked with diverse NGOs, the United Nations, and the private sector to leverage the best impacts for the communities with whom she works. She is excited to help further the work of Building Dignity in Peru and to support neighborhood-led development.


Nicole Epps
Emily Franks
Emily is an Account Executive at Precision for Value. She holds a BA from DePaul University, where she studied Public Relations/Advertising and Spanish. Emily volunteered at Building Dignity in 2015, where she assisted with afterschool programming and Voices of Youth. She also served as the Communications Coordinator during this time, where she managed social media content, published monthly newsletters, developed a communications plan, and assisted with the 2015 Annual Report. Emily is eager to continue to spread the mission of Building Dignity and help develop unique ways of reaching both new and existing supporters.

 
Emily Franks
David Smeath
David is a British accountant living in the south of Spain. David started doing volunteer finance consultancy in 2013 and loved the combination of adventure to faraway places and using his professional skills to help worthy organizations. David volunteered for Building Dignity as a Finance Consultant in 2016 and was incredibly impressed with the work and spirit of the Villa El Salvador community, and gratified to improve finance processes to ensure the organization runs efficiently. He feels privileged to have the opportunity to serve on the Advisory Board and look forwards to playing a small part in this small but powerful organization.

 
David Smeath
Michael Ángel Vázquez
Michael is a graduate student in Education Policy and Management at Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research focuses on culturally responsive pedagogy in K-12 schools near the México-California border. An educator from Los Angeles, California, Michael has four years of teaching experience, including 2014-2015 when he served as Program Director for Building Dignity. As a future high school principal, Michael joined the Advisory Board to stay connected with the Villa El Salvador community and to gain a new perspective on educational leadership.

 
Michael Ángel Vázquez
Annie Virnig
Annie is an Environment and Local Sustainable Development Specialist at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). In her role at UNDP, she works at the intersection of research, policy, and practice to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals. She works with projects at the local, national, and international scales, coordinating the production of capacity building tools and publications across themes including biodiversity conservation, local sustainable development, resilience, and sustainable consumption and production. Annie holds a BA from Macalester College and a MPhil from The New York Botanical Garden & The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She looks forward to joining the diverse Building Dignity team and engaging with Building Dignity's work to foster education, leadership, and local development in Villa El Salvador.

 
Annie Virnig