Cultural Survival Staff
Galina Angarova (Buryat), Executive Director. Galina comes to Cultural Survival after serving as program officer at the Swift Foundation, and prior to that, as policy and communications advisor for Tebtebba. She has represented the Indigenous Peoples’ Major Group at the UN on issues such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and has led Indigenous experts to review safeguards for Indigenous Peoples for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Green Climate Fund. Previously, Galina was the Russia program director at Pacific Environment, where she organized direct actions to block pipeline construction in the Altai region of Siberia, to close a toxic paper mill on Lake Baikal, and to stop a hydro-dam from flooding Evenk Peoples’ lands. Galina holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of New Mexico and served on the board of International Funders for Indigenous Peoples for seven years.
Mark Camp, Deputy Executive Director. From 1993 to 1998, Mark ran Joint Effort, a small fair trade company that imported crafts from Maya cooperatives in Guatemala. He studied history and non-profit management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the Harvard University Extension School. He came to Cultural Survival in 1998 and served as Membership Coordinator and Editor of Cultural Survival Voices before assuming his current duties in 2004. Mark has served as Acting Executive Director twice (in 2003 and in 2010). He was the founding President of and served on the Board of Directors of Sobrevivencia Cultural, Cultural Survival’s sister organization in Guatemala, from 2009-2017. In 2013, he joined the Board of Directors of the Nashoba Conservation Trust. Mark speaks English and Spanish. Contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jessie Cherofsky, Program Manager. Jessie co-manages the Bazaar Program and previously co-managed the IRR program (and she deeply values the teamwork and emergent possibilities of the co-management model!). She has built home and community in New York State where she grew up, across MA, in Guatemala where she worked for two years, and now back in NY, where she is studying environmental science as it relates to Indigenous knowledge and land rights and building her own relationships with plants. She identifies as queer, is fluent in English and Spanish, and speaks a few words of Yiddish. Contact Jess at email@example.com.
Avexnim Cojti (Maya K'iche'), Community Media Grants Project Manager. Avexnim is from Chichicastenango, Guatemala. She is a sociologist with more than ten years of experience in the fields of immigration, community development, Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, and Indigenous rights in Guatemala. Most of her experience is in managing or delivering programs and projects that aim to improve the conditions of vulnerable populations. She has volunteered at community radio stations in Canada and is also part of the Community Radio Program and Indigenous Rights Radio team. Contact Avexnim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Danielle DeLuca, Program Manager for Advocacy & Development. Danielle has been with Cultural Survival since 2009, when she started volunteering from our Guatemalan office in Antigua. Planning to stay for one year, she fell in love with Guatemalan culture and community and stayed for 5 years. Danielle has worked in many areas of Cultural Survival's work, including the Community Media program, where she trained alongside our Guatemalan team in doing legislative advocacy to advance the rights of freedom of expression. In 2012 she began working in our Advocacy program in defense of Indigenous land and resources, through which she has worked and traveled to Honduras, Guatemala, Peru, Ghana, and Mexico. Between 2013-2017 she helped to establish and run the Indigenous Rights Radio content and distribution platform. Starting in 2019, Danielle manages fundraising efforts. She speaks English and Spanish and holds a degree in Cultural Studies from McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. Contact Danielle at email@example.com.
Shaldon Ferris (KhoiSan), Indigenous Rights Radio Coordinator. Shaldon started out in media by producing music videos. His work with Indigenous people started in 2006 after he went on a countrywide journey to document the origins of his family surname "Damakwa" which is a Khoi tribe of South Africa. On his paternal side, Shaldon’s San heritage can be traced to the Northern Cape, South Africa. His first film "Eldorado" premiered at the Durban International Film Festival and won an award in 2011. Shaldon became involved in radio when he started volunteering at his local community radio station, Eldos FM, eleven years ago in Eldorado Park in Johannesburg. Since then, his live show, “Cleaning Up The House,” which airs weekly on Saturday mornings, has won numerous awards, and is the longest running weekly show on Eldos FM. The show is built on interaction from the community based on current issues. Contact Shaldon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sofia Flynn, Accounting and Office Manager. Sofia is originally from Cali, Colombia, and worked in international banking in Venezuela for 10 years before moving to the United States. Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and English, she has worked at Cultural Survival since 1989. Contact Sofia at email@example.com.
Nati Garcia (Maya Mam), Indigenous Youth Community Media Fellowship Coordinator. Garcia was born in a refugee camp in Campeche, Mexico as her family fled Guatemala in the 1980s due to the military genocide operation that targeted Indigenous communities. At the age of 3, her family received refugee status in Canada, and she grew up on traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples: sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. Her experience as a marginalized Indigenous youth inspired her in advocating for Indigenous sovereignty and self-autonomy. Over her five years of experience as a facilitator, youth counselor, and community builder, she has helped individuals develop a sense of self-worth and integrity. She is enlivened by opportunities to explore authentic exchange, leadership, world-bridging, social justice, and youth empowerment. Nati has worked with a variety of intergenerational, intercultural, and youth-focused organizations within Canada and hopes to continue on this path in collaborating, teaching, learning, and performing on an international level. Reach Nati at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cesar Gomez (Maya Pocomam), Content Production and Training Coordinator for the Community Media Program. Cesar is from Palin, Escquintla, Guatemala. Palin is a Pocomam Maya town that is located only 25 miles from Guatemala City. Pocomam was once a widely spoken language but, in Cesar’s words, “the colonial Spanish language media in Guatemala City have eroded our language and culture over time.” The Pocomam of Palin are an exception; they have maintained their language and many cultural practices. From a young age, Cesar has been involved in cultural revitalization in his community, as a founder and member of "Cultural Association of Poqoman Qawinaqel." In 1999, Cesar started as a volunteer at the Palin community radio station where he worked for five years. In 2005, he was selected as a regional representative to the Association of Guatemalan Community Radio Stations. In 2007, he was hired as the office administrator of the National Congress of Community Radios. In 2008, he joined Cultural Survival as content production and training coordinator for the Community Media Program in Guatemala. Cesar is also the President of the Board of Directors of Asociación Sobrevivencia Cultural. He holds a degree in communication from the University of San Carlos (Guatemala). Contact Cesar at email@example.com.
Adriana Hernández, (Maya K’iche’), Executive Assistant, was born and raised in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala. She participated in the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program and continued her studies in Political Science at Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA. She is fluent in English and Spanish. While working as a faculty assistant at Rafael Landívar University, she volunteered in an educational program for vulnerable children, and seniors at Instituto Guatemalteco de Educación Radiofónica . Adriana is interested in multicultural environments, human rights, and empowering Indigenous women. Contact Adriana at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dev Kumar Sunuwar (Koĩts-Sunuwar), Community Media Grants Project Assistant, comes from Nepal. Dev holds masters degrees in journalism and mass communication, political science, and law, specializing in international law and human rights from Tribhuvan University in Nepal. He has worked in different media for more than 12 years, including print, radio, TV and online. He also has worked as an investigative reporter for Centre for Investigative Journalism, Nepal (CIJ-Nepal) and as a column writer on Indigenous Peoples and minority groups for mainstream newspapers. Together with his colleagues, Dev founded several community radio stations, an association of 21 Indigenous community stations, and Nepal’s and South Asia’s first and only Indigenous community television station. Contact Dev at email@example.com.
Danae Laura, Bazaar Program Manager, comes to Cultural Survival from a decade of social entrepreneurship and marketing in both the natural food and wellness industries. Danae studied Social Justice and Education as a Martin Luther King Scholar at New York University, lived abroad in Ghana as a Gilman International Fellow, and was recently recognized as an emerging scholar by the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society for her work at Lesley University where she is studying mindfulness as a tool for social justice.
Danae is also an Associate Trustee on the Board for The Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle, which she joined after becoming a Named Fund Donor with fellow alumni who fundraised to establish an endowment for students of color graduating from their high school. Danae became part of the Bazaar vendor community as a representative of Theo Chocolate in 2009. Since then, attending the Cultural Survival Bazaars has been a special annual tradition due to her love of travel and connecting with people across diverse backgrounds. When she is not at Cultural Survival, she is introducing people to yoga at Cambridge Health Alliance. Reach Danae at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jamie Malcolm-Brown, Communications and Information Technology Manager. Jamie graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a degree in anthropology. Before coming to Cultural Survival, he helped establish a computer lab at The Charles J. Andrew Youth Treatment Centre in Sheshatshiu Labrador, Canada. He has since conducted similar work in Kenya with the Maasai Education Discovery. Contact Jamie at email@example.com.
Teresita Orozco Mendoza, Regional Coordinator for the Community Media Program. Teresita is originally from Managua, Nicaragua. She is a feminist activist and holds a bachelor’s degree in philology and communication studies from the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua. She is a passionate radio producer with over 9 years of experience in community and commercial radio. Teresita has worked with institutions such as the National Police and various civil society organizations on public relations. Contact Teresita at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bia’ni Madsa’ Juárez López (Mixe/Ayuuk ja’ay and Zapotec/Binnizá), Project Manager Keepers of the Earth Fund and Bazaar Program Assistant. Born in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, she grew up in two towns and cultures, Juchitán (Zapotec) and San José El Paraíso (Mixe). Since childhood, Bia’ni has been a part of the Indigenous resistance movement in Mexico and local social organizations. “I am a biologist who loves to work with people. I received an undergraduate degree in biology from UAM-Xochimilco. I have been working doing transdisciplinary research in my own Mixe community. For my master’s thesis in Tropical Ecology at the University of Veracruz, I conducted research about the relationship between tree diversity in coffee plantations and community organizations. My family produces organic coffee and we are working to build a coffee project to improve our product and keep our shade coffee plantation thriving and the forest in which it is in.” She loves learning about and making maps. Contact Bia’ni at email@example.com.
Diana Pastor, (Maya K'iche'), Central América Media Coordinator. Diana has a bachelor’s degree in Rural Social Work from San Carlos University in Guatemala. She also studied communications, social work, and community leadership at California State University in Monterey Bay, United States. She has worked on projects with children, women and Indigenous peoples in different areas in Guatemala. She is currently the editor and designer at EntreMundos Magazine, a publication on development and human rights. Contact Diana at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agnes Portalewska, Communications Manager. Agnes is originally from Warsaw, Poland. She studied anthropology, Latin American studies, photography, and media production at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and holds a M.A. in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University, where her studies focused on Rights-Based Approach to Development. She has traveled extensively in Latin America and the Caribbean, researched Indigenous media, and taught photography workshops to children. For the past 17 years Agnes has served as consultant to several nonprofits in the area of communications, fundraising, and advocacy. Agnes has been working at Cultural Survival since 2002. She started as membership coordinator, then from 2004 to 2008 was program officer for the Cultural Survival Bazaars Program leading the expansion of the program from two to ten events a year. She is currently the communications manager and directs all communications for program and advocacy initiatives, including the Cultural Survival Quarterly and social media efforts. She speaks English, Polish, French and Spanish. Contact Agnes at email@example.com.
María del Rosario “ Rosy” Sul González (Kaqchiquel Maya) Indigenous Rights Radio Series Producer. Maria del Rosario González Sul is Kaqchikel Maya and a radio producer for Cultural Survival's Indigenous Rights Radio program. Rosy is from the town of Sumpango, Sacatepéquez, in Guatemala. She studied communication sciences at the Universidad de San Carlos in Guatemala City, and for five years volunteered at Radio Ixchel, the local community radio in Sumpango, where she hosted live talk shows and entertainment programs and promoted human rights. She has traveled as a representative of Cultural Survival to communities in Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, Belize, Mexico, and several international fora, such as the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In each place, she shares the purpose, challenges, successes, and importance of community radio as a tool for community development and organizing, and in the international arena she has worked to demand that community radio be respected at the global level so that Indigenous Peoples can freely access it. Contact Rosy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miranda Vitello, Development Associate, processes all donations, manages the membership database, and coordinates the internship program. Before joining the Cultural Survival staff in 2011, Miranda assisted with the creation of the Wampanoag teaching kit at the Boston Children’s Museum, conducted research on contemporary Native American artists for the Museum of Fine Arts, and organized cultural awareness presentations in elementary schools during an internship at United Planet. She holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a master’s degree in Museum Studies from Harvard University. She enjoys painting and her artwork has been displayed at numerous galleries in the Boston area. Contact Miranda at email@example.com.
Sócrates Vásquez García (Ayuujk Jääy, Pueblo Ayuujk) joins Cultural Survival as Community Media Grants Coordinator. He hails from Oaxaca, México and is a radio journalist, an activist for Indigenous Peoples' communication rights, co-founder of Ayuujk Community Radio Jënpoj, which has been operating in Tlahuitoltepec Mixe, Oaxaca, for the past 17 years. He has worked on community development projects, training Indigenous community journalists and strengthening Indigenous community radio broadcasting. He has been working for the recognition of community and Indigenous radio stations in Mexican legislation.
Sócrates was the national representative of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), and belonged to the Regional Council of AMARC Latin America. Sócrates is also a rural sociologist from the Autonomous University of Chapingo, in Texcoco, Mexico. He holds a Master's degree in rural development from the Xochimilco Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana and is currently pursuing his doctorate degree. Contact Sócrates at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yesmi Ajanel (Maya K’ich’e), Program Assistant. Yesmi comes from the highlands of Guatemala. Yesmi is working on her thesis to obtain a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the University Rafael Landívar. Before coming to Cultural Survival as program assistant, Yesmi worked as a French teacher at Alliance Française, in Quetzaltenango. She was involved in an economic project “Pixan” with the Asociación de Mujeres del Altiplano in Quetzaltenango. She also worked as an operations assistant at Alterna ONG and was in charge of logistics, development and execution for education seminars, fairs, and workshops for social entrepreneurs. She was also a program assistant at Sistema de la Integración Centroamericana (SICA) in San Salvador, El Salvador. At the Living Heritage Foundation, she worked as a translation assistant. Yemi speaks Spanish, English, French, German and K’ich’e.
Cat Monzón (K’iche’), Executive Assistant, was born in Guatemala. She studied film and TV production. From 2014 to 2019, she worked as an outdoor experiential educator, facilitating trips for young adults from Canada, U.S., and abroad to Guatemala, Belize, Bolivia, and Peru. She has also served as an interpreter/translator for different organizations such as Timmy Global Health, Curamericas Global, Encuentro de Ancianas y Ancianos sabios del Mundo and other cultural, educational and scientific events. Reach Cat at email@example.com.
Gabael Otzoy (Maya Kaqchikel), IT Assistant. Gabael was born in Chixot, an artistic town of Chimaltenango, Guatemala. He studied politics, community communication, Indigenous Peoples' rights, computer science, economic sciences and theology. He is director and co-founder of the radio program "Tzijonik", a space for analysis, information and debate. He is a writer and has worked as a columnist for Ajtz’ib’: Comalapa Writers, a regional digital media platform which integrates art and cultural management. Gabael is part of the Kaqchikel Moloj Collective which encourages the revitalization of the Kaqchikel language. He is a collaborator in the communication team of Consejo del Pueblo Maya (CPO). Contact Gabael at firstname.lastname@example.org.