Meet The Staff

MOLLY FISHER
Executive Director

Molly is a teacher turned serial-nonprofit entrepreneur with over seventeen years of experience working in Mexico in senior management and education roles. She has a B.S. in Biology, a graduate certificate in Science Education from Indiana University, and is passionate about social innovation, impact, education and outdoor recreation.

ANN GARBETT 
Chief Financial Officer

Ann has inspired Escalera’s growth for over a decade. She manages our assets, budgets and fiscal reporting; holds a Masters from Cambridge; and has a passion for story.

CITLALLY LÓPEZ RUIZ
REACH Director

Citlally is our in-house innovator. An anthropologist by training, Citlally pioneers our most promising solutions to get more kids to high school. She is the face of Escalera for the hundreds of teachers working to change young lives day in and out in Chiapas’ rural middle schools.

JOSE VICTOR JIMENEZ LOPEZ
REACH Coordinador

Jose brings 4 years of experience working with rural teachers and schools in Chiapas. He is passionate about the education sector and helping the most underprivileged have access to education. He studied law in San Cristobal de las Casas.

MICHELLE CHANTAL ITURBE MAZARI  
REACH Field Staff Coordinator

Michelle coordinates all of our field staff. She has worked in a number of  NGOs and has volunteered in refugee camps in Western Sahara. She previously managed USAID projects, holds a degree in International Relations, and loves trekking.

ASTRID ERICKSON
Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator

Astrid oversees program evaluation, data monitoring, and learning and knowledge management for Escalera. Astrid brings over 3 years of experience working in international relations in Mexico and Colombia and holds a B.A. in International Studies from U.C. San Diego.  

JAIRO GOMEZ QUINTANA 
REACH Creative Graphic Designer

Jairo maximizes our ability to communicate with impact to all of our audiences. He produces and promotes our programs’ videos, photos and social media posts. He also plays bass in a rock band.

LOURDES JACQUELINE GOMEZ CRUZ
Accounting and Administrative Coordinator

Jacqueline found her passion for education working as a teacher in rural communities. She has a law degree and amazing attention for detail. An Escalera scholarship recipient herself, she’s lived education’s transformative power first hand.

DANIELA GUADALUPE LOPEZ ESTRADA
Accounting and Administrative Coordinator

Daniela studied accounting and worked in a local accounting firm before coming to Escalera.  Not only is she great with numbers and dedicated to her work at Escalera and the cause of education, but she is the life of every party.

ANTELMO RENE LOPEZ ESTRADA
Logistics Coordinator

René is our organization's repair and transportation guru. He keeps our vehicles running smoothly despite the heavy beatings they take on Chiapas’ rough mountain and jungle roads. He brings over fifteen years of experience working in San Cristóbal de Las Casas.

GUADALUPE DIAZ RODRIGUEZ “LUPITA” 

Lupita works hard so her children can have the opportunities she never did. She keeps our office in check and then makes sure her kids keep up in school.