Patricia Tototzintle, Chief Executive Officer, identifies as a Latina with Mexican roots and has been in executive leadership at Casa de Esperanza since 2002, where she oversees all organizational programming, administrative and financial operations, and key collaborations and partnerships. She is passionate about developing the strengths of Latin@s and is recognized as a national expert on leadership development.
Rosie Hidalgo, JD, Senior Director of Public Policy, is the daughter of Cuban immigrants and previously served as the Deputy Director for Policy at the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) at the U.S. Department of Justice. She also worked to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in 2013 as a member of the Steering Committee of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence.
Rebecca Rodriguez, Ph.D., Director of Research and Evaluation, is a community psychologist whose research interests broadly focus on culturally-specific and community-centered approaches to prevent family violence in Latin@ families. As a child of Mexican migrant farm laborers, she is passionate about social justice for migrant and seasonal laborers and mentoring other Latin@ researchers.
Paula Gomez Stordy, Senior Director of Training and Technical Assistance, was born in Boston to Chilean parents and lived in various cities and towns in Massachusetts and Chile throughout her life. She has worked with survivors of abuse within various settings including courts, hospitals, and shelters and her advocacy has led to institutional change to increase the inclusion and safety of survivors.
Ivette Izea Martinez, Co-Director of Family Advocacy and Community Engagement, was born in Venezuela and oversees all community-based prevention initiatives, including Fuerza Unida which develops the leadership skills of Latin@ adults and youth to help end gender-based violence. She is the lead facilitator for Casa de Esperanza’s listening sessions, a proven approach to engaging Latin@s in developing community-driven solutions.
Rosario de la Torre, Co-Director of Family Advocacy and Community Engagement came to the United States from Mexico in 1988 and is a highly experienced and respected advocate in the fields of domestic violence and sexual assault. She was a primary contributor to the development of the Latina Advocacy Framework and provides training to other advocates and organizations across the country.