Paul Dosh co-founded Building Dignity in 2008 and co-led the Board of Directors until 2021. Grounded in liberation theology and Montessori philosophy, Paul holds a BA from Carleton College and a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He began working in Lima in 2001, while conducting research as a Fulbright-Hays fellow, and is the author of Demanding the Land: Urban Popular Movements in Peru and Ecuador. He teaches at Macalester College, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he chaired the political science department and directed the Latin American studies program. He is proud of Building Dignity’s first 13 years of work, and thrilled at the talent and initiative of the new cohort of younger leaders stepping up to lead the organization into the future. Paul remains active in fundraising for Building Dignity and will serve a two-year term on the Advisory Board in 2021-2023.
From September 2011 to October 2012 Andrew was the founding Program Director at Building Dignity, where he collaborated with co-founders Paul Dosh and Emily Hedin as well as staff, neighborhood leaders, and young people in Lima to establish the core programming at the Center for Development with Dignity. As a graduate of Macalester College with a BA in Music and Latin American Studies and a Masters of Public Affairs student at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, Andrew is an advocate for community-based, collective impact models for social change. Andrew is now serving a two-year term on the Advisory Board to support fundraising and provide ongoing support to the new Board of Directors.
María Luisa Zeta
Maria Luisa was born and raised in Chulucanas, Piura (Peru). She holds a BA in Economics and Sociology from Colby College and she is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Affairs at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. She previously worked at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) as a Research Associate and Research Coordinator. At IPA, Maria Luisa worked on studies in different areas, with a particular focus on pre-K education and early childhood development in different Latin American countries. She has also worked as a consultant for the Peruvian Ministry of Education on the targeting of education interventions nationwide and the early responses to the pandemic. Maria Luisa is passionate about how to tackle issues of access and quality in education and she is very excited to join as an advisor to the board.