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!
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.
Rupesh Shah is an experienced business and product leader with leadership and management experience in a variety of different domains including corporate, social enterprise, nonprofit, and as a CSR leader. Most recently he was Executive Director of LAUNCH, an innovation platform and start-up accelerator. Previously, Rupesh led Simpa Energy’s end-to- end customer experience including the product, technology, marketing, and customer service. Rupesh has consulted for AmeriCorps, the Presidio Leadership Center, the Corporation for National Service, Gorbachev Foundation, the United Nations and various other leading social organizations around the world. He has a MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, and a BA from the University of California, San Diego.
Brandi Stewart-Wood: Brandi has more than 25 years of experience in strategically identifying and designing solutions to align people, process, technology, and financial resources for successful outcomes. She has worked with leaders in the public, non-profit and private sectors including healthcare, apparel and footwear, workforce, economic and community development, transportation, education, and the utilities sectors. She has a demonstrated track record of successfully leading, managing, aligning, and working with diverse and multi-organizational teams and public/private partnerships. She is current a management consultant at the employee-owned company Point B.
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.
Julio Martinez Anderson: Julio is Director of Acceleration for Pomona Impact, an investment firm working to strengthen the social entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Central America region. He leads the AgTech Program, which is promoting the creation of innovative technology for agriculture in the region and is a member of the boards of Enactus Guatemala, which promotes the creation of social enterprises through university students and of Starfish, which promotes leadership and education for girls in the Atitlán region. He is a professor at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, where he teaches entrepreneurship and works on social entrepreneurship projects.