Board of Directors



Josefina Castillo, Ph.D., President


Popular educator and founding member of ATCF and other non-profit organizations. Board member of Women on the Border. Contact at




Mónica Teresa Ortiz, Vice President 


Mónica Teresa Ortiz was born and raised in Texas. A writer based in Austin, she earned a BA in Literature from UT Austin and an MFA in Creative Writing from UT El Paso. Her first ATCF delegation was in 2009 and she's remained involved since then.



Whitney Devin

Freelance photographer and visual storyteller with a BA in Latin American Studies. Whitney has been a delegation leader for ATCF since 2012 and joined the board in 2014. 


Susana Pimiento, Treasurer

Colombian attorney with a MA in Public Policy from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. She works as an interpreter and translator with the Austin Language Justice Collective and does counter-recruitment outreach with Sustainable Options for Youth. For Over two decades, she has done advocacy work in the fields of human rights, demilitarization, environmental justice, arms control and indigenous peoples' rights.


Miguel Rodriguez

Salvadoran community organizer.
Volunteer with ATCF since the beginning.
A firm believer in cross border solidarity
among peoples.





Alejandro Caceres

Alejandro, the Immigration Organizer at Grassroots Leadership, and Coordinator of the Austin Sanctuary Network, immigrated to the US from Honduras some time ago.  He is active in pro-labor as well as pro-immigrant organizations.  Alejandro participated on an ATCF delegation in 2013 and joined the Board in 2016.




Marcela Ramirez

Delegate and volunteer since 2013. In April of that year, became one of the coordinators of the GEMA (Genero y Empoderamiento de la Mujer para la Accion) project. Hails from the Texas-Mexico border and board member since 2016.



Tom West, Secretary

Founding member of Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera. Founding member of Austin GI Rights Hotline. Ex-Executive Director (4 years) and Board Member (6 years) of Community Action in Self Help, Inc., an affordable housing developer in Wayne County, NY. Founding member and ex-Director (2 years) of New York State Farm Alliance. Retired business owner.


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