Susan Matteucci, Executive Director

While working for the Women’s Self-Employment Project in Chicago, Susan Matteucci, our founding Executive Director, organized the Full Circle Fund, a microlending initiative launched in partnership with Muhammed Yunus of the Grameen Bank. Her work helped her realize that while women participating in the Fund gained a powerful sense of community, very few became successful entrepreneurs,...
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Jessica Aranda, Program Director

Jessica Aranda, our Program Director, leads our Hacia la Universidad program and Buena Fe Working Families programs. Jessica directs all family engagement, college readiness, early childhood, health and adult education programming, including the Hacia la Universidad Program expansion into the Albuquerque Public Schools. She is an accomplished facilitator and popular educator, and has extensive...
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Shirley Grisham, Operations Director

Shirley Grisham has over 40 years of manufacturing experience and has been our Operations Director since 1999. Shirley oversees our production capacities from cutting, sewing, and mass customization to finishing and packaging. Shirley works directly with our clients to provide one-on-one production support and she is well known for preserving the artistry of clients’ design through the...
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Flora Lopez, Leadership Development Manager

Flora Lopez is one of the founding members of Southwest Creations and over the past two decades has been promoted from one of our in-house childcare providers to Handwork Department Manager to her current position as Leadership Development Manager. As our Leadership Development Manager, Flora ensures employee leadership development remains central to the work all employees do at Southwest...
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Sasha Pellerin, Hacia la Universidad Program Manager

Sasha Pellerin, our Hacia la Universidad Program Manager, works with over 300 families who participate in our college readiness programs. Sasha organizes workshops on college readiness and meets individually with all participating families to create targeted academic plans for each student. She also collaborates with school administration and community programs to create an effective system of...
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