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Our Staff


María Soledad Cabezas


Soledad brings a wealth of experience working with businesses and nonprofits, including several Pittsburgh-area NGOs. She has a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. A native of Ecuador, Soledad is our first multilingual director, a quality that is increasingly important for our work in Central America and the United States.

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Sandi Suni

Accounting (part-time)

Sandi has been involved with Building New Hope for over 13 years, first packing coffee, then packing off two kids as BNH volunteers in Granada. Their experiences highlighted BNH’s important role in Nicaragua. After 21 years as a homemaker and homeschooling mom, she started with BNH in 2011. Sandi was deeply moved visiting the schools and projects in Granada; hope was truly being built through BNH’s partnerships. Sandi served as Interim Director from April – December 2014 and currently serves as accountant for BNH. Sandi has a BS in Accounting from Valparaiso University.

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Jocelyn Wang

Research and Marketing Assistant (Intern)

Jocelyn Wang is a second-year student in Carnegie Mellon University studying economics and statistics. She is passionate about the global economy and regional development issues. She believes that a sense of worth is achieved by connecting oneself with the broader humanity and is dedicated to promoting ecological, economic, and educational equity through research and volunteerism.


Luis Armando 

Luis has been an educator with Building New Hope for fifteen years; he has been nurturing children and adolescents for nearly twenty years! Before joining BNH, he has worked with child street vendors and youth struggling to overcome drug addiction.  He currently tutors students in second through sixth grades. He is grateful for the opportunities and support that BNH has provided him

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