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Biography

I have 15 years of community economics and business development experience, ranging from Central America and West Africa to Chicago, communities of color, and immigrant communities in the U.S.

Among the highlights along the way are:
- assisting community businesses and women's collectives in El Salvador's organized rural communities
- working at Primera Engineers in Chicago, a Latino-owned company that is cutting edge in its quality and work-place atmosphere and meaningfully engaged in the community
- helping form a national association of market vendors in Guinea Bissau, W. Africa
- writing the feasibility study and mapping out the Paseo Boricua on Chicago's Division Street
- providing assistance to a workers' cooperative in Providence, Rhode Island
- teaching a Spanish-language business development and worker cooperative class in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood
- forming the first network of state directors of minority- and women-business development programs.