Board of Directors




Josefina Castillo, Ph.D.

President of the Board

Received her BA in Sociology from Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México and has a PhD in education from the University of Arizona. Has worked as a Popular Educator in Mexico and the US for over 30 years. Former Director of 12 years of the Austin office of the American Friends Service Committee. Co-founder and currently the Board Chair of Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera. She is also a board member of Women on the Border and the Austin Sanctuary Network.


Susana Pimiento


Colombian attorney with a MA in Public Policy from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. She works as an interpreter and translator 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.

Cynthia Waide


ATCF volunteer since 2007 and Board member 2010-2012. Activism includes volunteer work for Austin’s Center for Battered Women in 1970s, and The Texas Fair Trade Coalition 2007-2008. Former Wheatsville Co-op Board Member.




Howard Hawhee

ATCF volunteer since 2003. Has been on numerous delegations as a delegate, facilitator and an interpreter. Member of Friends Meeting of Austin (Quakers). ATCF board member off and on since 2010. Works as a software developer at Austin Community College. 

Janet Cook

Long term volunteer and former delegate of ATCF. Previously involved
for several years in the Austin Sanctuary Network. A licensed acupuncturist who has provided trauma relief at the border with Acupuncturists Without Borders.
 She has an M.S. in both School Psychology and Chinese Medicine, and currently practices the latter on a part-time basis. Recently, as a member of Trinity Church of Austin, she helped mobilize her congregation to provide supplies and meals for
asylum-seekers in Matamoros.


Dora Gonzalez

First involvement in ATCF in 2015 as an intern and later a delegate. Currently, she is a dual Master's student in Social Work and Latin American Studies. She is also a community organizer in Austin, TX on issues relating to immigration and human rights violations. 



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