Fekadu is a recent immigrant to the United States from Ethiopia, where he worked as an accountant for two decades. His accounting experience includes processing payroll, banking, billings, account receivables/payables & preparing financial statements. Fekadu has been working with IMPACT since the spring of 2015 to support with accounting duties and is now a part time employee.
Carmen is, without doubt, the most seasoned community builder ever to serve on the IMPACT Staff. She is originally from El Salvador, where she worked with the administration and faculty of the Jose Simeon Cañas Central American University for 24 years. In El Salvador, Carmen also worked on various community building projects with cooperatives and syndicates, where she was able to strengthen her leadership work with young people and women. Carmen has been in the United States for 9 years, and worked for three years as a lead organizer for day laborers in the Culmore area at Tenants and Workers United in Virginia. Additionally, she has participated in various programs that support young people and women in Maryland and DC, and has helped to found nonprofit organizations that support education initiatives in El Salvador. She has worked with IMPACT Silver Spring since 2011 in her role as a community organizer, where she has worked as part of a team to develop work around Opportunity Circles and organize leadership workshops, among other things. Her involvement with and commitment to the community led her to be recognized through a proclamation by Montgomery County in 2014 as an outstanding Hispanic resident.
Carlos hails from El Salvador. He holds a degree in legal sciences and was a lawyer in El Salvador. In addition to his law practice, he worked at the Salvadorean Lutheran Synod in the areas of development and leadership development. Carlos is a former resident of Long Branch, where he serves as the primary face and point person for our work there. He has worked with IMPACT Silver Spring since 2011.