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Patricia Tototzintle, Chief Executive Officer

Patti has been in executive leadership at Casa de Esperanza since 2002 and has also been a past executive director of the organization.  Patti oversees all organizational programming, internal operations, collaborations and partnerships, and board and staff leadership development.

With more than 32 years of experience in community development and nonprofit management, Patti has a demonstrated commitment to working in and with communities of color and immigrant communities.  Her areas of expertise are organizational and leadership development, community organizing, and developing community-based collaborations.  In 2011 Patti was selected as one of 15 innovative and visionary leaders to participate in the NoVo Foundation’s Move to End Violence Program, a ten-year initiative focused on strengthening the U.S. movement to end violence against women and girls.

Patti has been a key contributor in the development of several of Casa de Esperanza’s products, including the manual, Latino Families and Domestic Violence:  A Guide for Systems and Organizations Committed to Serving Latino Communities; Leadership Development for Latina Líderes (Leaders); and the Organizational Assessment Tool, which is designed for mainstream organizations to assess their readiness and opportunities for working with Latinas and Latino communities. 

 Patti’s previous positions include Director of Community Services Group at the Amherst Wilder Foundation and Vice President of WomenVenture, both located in St. Paul, Minnesota.   She also worked as a consultant and trainer with the Blandin Foundation to co-develop and provide team leadership for the Partners-in-Leadership Program, a comprehensive leadership development opportunity in rural Minnesota for current and emerging leaders in communities of color and immigrant communities.


Juan Carlos Areán, Senior Director of the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities

Juan Carlos Areán serves as the Senior Director of the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, a project of Casa de Esperanza. He is a respected leader and has worked for 20 years to engage men across different cultures to become better fathers, intimate partners and allies to end domestic violence and achieve gender equity. Prior to Casa de Esperanza, he held a leadership role at Futures Without Violence where he developed curricula, articles, educational tools and presented to national and international audiences. Originally from Mexico City, Juan Carlos immigrated to the United States as a young adult and brings a true passion for his work.

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