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Patricia Tototzintle, Chief Executive Officer

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Patti has been in executive leadership at Casa de Esperanza since 2002 and has also been a past executive director of the organization.  Patti oversees all organizational programming, internal operations, collaborations and partnerships, and board and staff leadership development.
With more than 32 years of experience in community development and nonprofit management, Patti has a demonstrated commitment to working in and with communities of color and immigrant communities.  Her areas of expertise are organizational and leadership development, community organizing, and developing community-based collaborations.  In 2011 Patti was selected as one of 15 innovative and visionary leaders to participate in the NoVo Foundation’s Move to End Violence Program, a ten-year initiative focused on strengthening the U.S. movement to end violence against women and girls. Patti’s previous positions include Director of Community Services Group at the Amherst Wilder Foundation and Vice President of WomenVenture, both located in St. Paul, Minnesota.   She also worked as a consultant and trainer with the Blandin Foundation to co-develop and provide team leadership for the Partners-in-Leadership Program, a comprehensive leadership development opportunity in rural Minnesota for current and emerging leaders in communities of color and immigrant communities.


Zulema Ruby White Starr, Chief Strategy Officer

RubyZ. Ruby White Starr is the Chief Strategy Officer for Casa de Esperanza where she serves as director of the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities. Prior to joining Casa de Esperanza, Ruby spent over 15 years with National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) where she served as the Family Violence Program Director. In that capacity she directed several projects including the national Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody, the Safe Haven’s Supervised Visitation and Exchange Technical Assistance Program, and the Federal Greenbook Initiative, an interagency collaboration to address the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment. Ms. White’s areas of expertise include children exposed to domestic violence, collaboration, systems reform, co-occurrence, resilience, and cultural competency. Ruby served on the Board of Directors of the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence for 8 years, six of them as president; is a former national advisory committee member for the Women of Color Network; and is past president of the board of directors of the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence. Prior to her work with Casa de Esperanza and NCJFCJ, Ruby served as the Director of Residential Programs for the Committee to Aid Abused Women, a community domestic violence organization, directing the organization’s transitional housing and emergency shelter programs. Ruby is the author of several articles including Resiliency in Children Exposed to Family Violence in Resiliency in Action Practical Ideas for Overcoming Risks and Building Strengths in Youth, Families, and Communities published by Research Press; Promoting Safety in Cases Involving Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment in The Connection, published by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association; and Tapping Innate Resilience in Children Exposed to Domestic Violence in SYNERGY, Vol. 7, No. 2, Summer 2003 published by NCJFCJ. She holds a B.A. in speech communication from the University of Nevada, Reno. Ruby shares her personal experience as a child witness and child and adult victim of domestic violence with the media and to various groups throughout the country in hopes that her experiences will lead to better practices and outcomes for women, children, and families who have experienced domestic violence.

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