Board of Directors




Josefina Castillo, Ph.D.

President of the Board

Worked as Popular Educator in Mexico and the US for over 20 years. Worked as Director of the Austin office of the American Friends Service Committee for 12 years and co-founder of Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera. Board member of Women on the Border and currently Chair of Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera Board.


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.




Ruthie Powers

Delegate to border and volunteer since 2016. Attends Friends Meeting of Austin. ATCF board member beginning in 2018.


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. 


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.


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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