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.
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.
Lillie Macias, Ph.D., Director of Research and Evaluation, is the granddaughter of Mexican American farmworkers and directs the Research and Evaluation Center through a partnership with the Department of Psychology at The University of New Haven, Connecticut. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology from Georgia State University and completed pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships at Yale University. She specializes in trauma-informed and culturally relevant research and evaluation.
Cristina Escobar, Director of Communications and Marketing, identifies as Chicana and has helped lead feminist causes for over a dozen years. A writer and activist, she specializes in gender-based violence prevention, media representation, and women and politics.
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.
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.