De la Gente is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We believe in transparency, ethical accounting, and donor stewardship. Support from individuals like you is essential to develop and execute successful programs based on the needs of our partner cooperatives and communities.
We are proud to share our work, impact, and financials transparently with everyone who is interested in knowing more about the work we do. Please check out our Annual Reports and 990's and if you have any questions don't hesitate to reach out, we would love to hear from you!
De la Gente's 2016 Annual Report
De la Gente's 2015 Annual Report
De la Gente's 2014 Annual Report
Board of Directors
De la Gente is governed by our Board of Directors, and programmatic work is developed and managed by the team on the ground in Guatemala.
Les Stoneham: Les is an experienced and accomplished coffee professional. His constant drive to learn and develop others' passions and talents shapes the culture of his company, Deeper Roots Coffee. He has been involved in all aspects of the coffee industry from roasting, technical work, training and sourcing. In 2009, Les founded Deeper Roots Development to sustain his continued work with coffee farmers in Guatemala and further development work with coffee growers worldwide.
Deborah Feldman: Debbie has served in numerous leadership roles at Congregation Beth El, Sudbury, and is currently an ESL tutor, teaching assistant, and test administrator for immigrants learning English through the FAESL+ and Literacy Unlimited programs. She has written many successful grant applications for the Framingham Public Schools. Previously she was a software engineer at Stratus Computer and a senior staff consultant at Arthur Andersen & Co. She holds an A.B. in Philosophy from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Catriona Forrester: Catriona's international equities experience of over seven years as both analyst and portfolio manager has provided her with expertise in financial modeling and analysis, portfolio management, building relationships with investors, and contributing to capital raising efforts. She has a BA from University of New South Wales and postgraduate degrees in finance, accounting and commercial law from Macquarie University, Deakin University and University of Technology, Sydney.
Professor Ira Silver: Professor Silver is an associate professor of sociology, Framingham State University. His research focuses on economic opportunity and philanthropy. He has written or edited 4 books, most recently Giving Hope: How You Can Restore the American Dream and authors the blog Opp for all. He holds a B.A. summa cum laude in sociology from Amherst College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University.