Andrew Mueller, Co-Founder
Andrew is a musician, outdoor enthusiast, and educator working as the Director of Talent Acquisition at Minnesota Reading and Math Corps. In this role, he oversees strategic recruitment and outreach activities to unlock the people power of AmeriCorps to address the achievement gap in Minnesota. From September 2011 to October 2012 Andrew was the Program Director for Building Dignity, where he expanded the Leadership Academy program for youth and adult neighborhood activists. He also taught music classes, supervised the first round of successful leadership grants, and expanded the reach of the Center's programming in the community.

Emily Hedin, Co-Founder
Emily is the Director of Community Engagement at Breakthrough Montessori, in Washington DC.  In 2008-09 and 2013-15, she served as Building Dignity’s executive director in Lima.  Emily holds a Master's degree in international development from the University of Oxford and has worked with the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the United Nations. Her commitment to international development led her to work in Senegal, Peru, Bolivia, and Costa Rica. Emily is particularly influenced by Montessori pedagogy, and she is dedicated to closing the opportunity gap in education.

Emily Hedin

Paul Dosh, Co-Founder
Paul is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Grounded in liberation theology and Montessori philosophy, he holds a BA from Carleton College and a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. Paul began working in Lima in 2001, while conducting research as Fulbright-Hays fellow, and is the author of Demanding the Land: Urban Popular Movements in Peru and Ecuador. He has worked in 10 Latin American countries, but always finds himself returning to Peru to work alongside the social justice activists of Villa El Salvador.