Juan Méndez - Executive Director
Juan is originally from the beautiful city of Antigua, Guatemala. He graduated with a degree in industrial engineering from Montgomery College in Maryland, and spent 10 years working in operations, logistics and management for companies in the US. Juan returned to Guatemala 4 years ago and is looking forward to contributing to improving and developing opportunities for the cooperatives affiliated with the De La Gente.
Emma McDowell - Service Learning Program Manager
Emma has worked leading service and language immersion trips in three different continents, most recently working for Global Leadership Adventures in Peru. She graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a degree in Environmental Studies and Spanish & Hispanic studies, and spent the last year completing a US Fulbright grant in Southern Thailand. Her hobbies include kayaking, photography, and finding ways to incorporate avocados into every meal.
Ronald Vega - Key Account Manager
Ronald was born in Antigua and raised in San Miguel Escobar. Already at an early age he started asking questions about social differences and injustice he saw in the surrounding reality. Looking for explanation, Roland enrolled himself as a History student, and now, after hours, he continues his Anthropology studies at Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. With punk in his heart, Ronald believes that his experience at De La Gente will help him finally find his answers and be actively involved in his community.
Cecilia Díaz - Marketing and Sales Coordinator
Ceci graduated from a Bachelor degree in Administration of Tourism and Hotel Industry from Marino Gálvez University in 2016. She met DLG after experience one of the coffee tours and, decided to take a chance to join the team to use the skills she acquired from her studies and from her past roles to help her fellow Guatemalans. In her spare time, you can find her riding her bike around Antigua and hiking.
Carolina Méndez Rabe - Tour Manager
Carol is the brains behind the logistics and organization of our tours and workshops. With over 10 years of experience as a travel manager and certified corporate travel expert, she has organized congresses for the corporate tourism industry in Guatemala. Moreover, Carol is a tour guide herself and works in initiatives which allow everyone to collaborate. Carol spends her free time with her family and dogs. She enjoys photography, cooking, and (of course!) travelling.
Jonattan Mendoza - Office Assistant
Jonattan is an extroverted Canadian/Guatemalan coffee lover born and raised in El Rancho, eastern Guatemala. He moved to Montreal, Canada with his family at the age of 10. He studied French and English at Cégep du Vieux Montréal and has worked as Administrator of a pharmacy, construction, receptionist, waiter, bicycle technician, among others. Jonattan has a thirst for cultural learning and has travelled extensively around Central and North America. He recently returned to Guatemala after a 16 year absence and is excited to contribute to the work of De la Gente.
Silvia Méndez - Financial Administrator
Silvia was born and raised in Guatemala City. She graduated with a Bachelor´s degree in Public Accounting and Auditing from the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. She looks forward to being able to contribute to the development of her country through supporting coffee farmers while working at De la Gente. In her free time she enjoys reading, listening to music, and cycling.