Erin Mooney was blessed to grow up in the Latino community and around the Farmworker Justice Movement in the Salinas Valley of California, where she learned Spanish and the power of community-driven development work. She attended Humboldt State University, where she studied Native American/Indigenous Studies and International Development Technology/Community Development.
As the Executive Director of Mayan Families in Panajachel, Guatemala, Erin works collaboratively to implement community-led programs that address systemic barriers and build cultural strength and resilience. Our work is driven by the expertise of Mayan staff and community leaders towards long-term, meaningful change in the areas of education, nutrition & health, and economic development. Before returning to Guatemala with her family in January 2019 (where they had lived previously in 2006) to lead Mayan Families, Erin was the Executive Director of Cultivando (Colorado, US) for 6 years where she worked with a fully Latina staff to build the leadership and capacity of first-generation Latino immigrants to affect positive changes in their new communities. Erin is passionate about working in solidarity with communities to elevate and center their expertise and self-identified solutions, and has many years of experience working in the issues of equity, food systems, leadership development, training and supporting Promotoras de Salud, preventative healthcare, early childhood education, and systems change.