A native of Bayamo, Cuba, Salvador has passionately served the Hispanic community and the New Orleans metropolitan area in general for many years. As a partner in the law firm of Gaudin & Longoria, Salvador has contributed numerous hours and efforts to many organizations and charities and has served on committees for the Volunteers of America, the United Way and the Metropolitan Area Committee. He served on the Board of the New Orleans Pro Bono Project and has done pro bono work for prisoners and Immigration and Naturalization Service detainees for many years.
Ashley Chicho Ortiz
Program Manager, Escalera STEM
Program Manager, Youth Action Council
Lucia holds a Masters in Social Work: Leadership & Community Practice from Fordham University. She has several years of experience working for nonprofit organizations in New York City and Washington D.C. focusing on youth leadership development and empowerment. During her time in both NYC and D.C., Lucia led group healing discussions (i.e., narrative therapy) focusing on the impact of discrimination, racism, and xenophobia on health outcomes for Latino youth.
Project Manager, Digital Youth
Jenn holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. Her work focuses on migration, trauma testimonies, and participatory media. Jenn is both a social worker and a filmmaker interested in using narrative intervention for healing through meaning-making surrounding traumatic events, institutional violence, marginalization and discrimination. Jenn has worked in the non-profit arena for 10 years developing culturally sensitive programs and policies for immigrants and communities of color. This included community organizing with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and fostering cultural resilience through documentary filmmaking with indigenous youth in Guatemala.
Kenneth Routon, Ph.D.
Director of Research, Grants & Programs
Kenneth holds a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology. Before joining Puentes in 2014, he taught at several universities around the country and published extensively. His primary responsibilities include research & development, grants management, grant writing & reporting, program design & evaluation.