Andy Carey was named Executive Director of the U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership (BPP) in September 2008. The BPP is a binational membership organization that strengthens individuals and institutions that serve border communities so that they can achieve their individual missions in the region. BPP works to grow community philanthropy, leadership and cross-border collaboration in order to increase the human and financial capital needed to address the complex issues facing the region. Since 2008, the BPP has grown to over 90 institutional members from across the U.S. and Mexico, training hundreds of civic leaders and dispersing over $150,000 in technical assistance. Additionally BPP has engaged numerous national and international agencies to educate them about the actual realities and assets of the border region. He also serves as Adjunct Faculty member in the University of San Diego’s School on Leadership and Education Sciences, where he teaches a graduate level course in binational nonprofit management. Prior to joining the BPP, Andy served for 15 years at Kiwanis International. Andy served as a member of the Executive Management Team, and was responsible for leading growth initiatives throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the South Pacific and led Kiwanis’ Worldwide Service Project initiative in Latin America to virtually eliminate Iodine Deficiency Disorders. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Foreign Language, and his Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies at Purdue University. Andy is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. In his community, Andy was recently appointed as Commissioner of the Independent Districting Commission to form electoral districts to elect City Council representatives in Escondido, CA.
María Laura Muñoz is the Mexico Representative for BPP. She has over 15 years nonprofit experience, serving as executive director of the Junta de Asistencia Privada, the state government agency that supports the nonprofit sector; as director of development and nonprofit strengthening at FECHAC, and program coordinator for several nonprofit organizations in Chihuahua, Juarez and El Paso. She was part of the team that developed the first nonprofit resource center in Northern México (Centro para el Fortalecimiento de la Sociedad Civil); led teams of academics that conducted the first research projects to diagnose the state of the nonprofit sector in Chihuahua, and coordinated conferences and other events to strengthen nonprofit organizations. She was the founding Chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Chihuahua chapter. Ma. Laura has also been invited by grant-making organizations to participate in independent committees to review nonprofit grant requests. She has taught seminars and conducted fundraising and governance workshops throughout Mexico. She is also the founder of Enfoque Social, a consulting firm that provides a variety of services to nonprofit organizations. She completed her BA in Anthropology at the University of Texas, El Paso and is a professor with a Diploma in Fundraising from the Philanthropy School at Indiana University and Procura in México. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the American Translators Association (ATA). She is currently working on becoming a certified translator by the ATA.
Christine Baker is a Business Administration and Finance graduate from the University of California at Long Beach. She is a Certified Tax Preparer since 1972 and also holds Advanced Certifications in Public Utility Administration, Business Management, Budget and Financial Analysis, and Wage and Benefits Analysis, among others. Christine is currently the owner of Personal Accounting Solutions, an accounting business that specializes in nonprofit accounting and IRS compliance. Personal Accounting Solutions also works with individuals, small businesses and several nonprofit organizations in San Diego area. She is proficient in the use of most accounting software and in providing understandable meaning to financial statements for individuals, small business owners and nonprofit organizations helping them make sound decisions for increased profitability and sustainability. Her 35 plus years in accounting and business management facilitates ensures that BPP’s financial reports and records are always up to date and on time, and as a budget & financial analyst, she is an intregral part of the budgeting process from inception to approval, helping BPP meet milestones and long-range goals. Also, her expertise in nonprofit accounting and IRS non-profit rules and the new governance laws aimed at transparencies for Board compliance, helps BPP keep in compliance with documentation and financial record keeping for maintainence of nonprofit status.
Celith Bañuelos L. joined the BPP in November 2009 as Family Asset Building Services Specialist to help implement a system of information for the BPP. She was instrumental in the collection of asset building data along the U.S.-Mexico border and in the mapping of binational data sets. She has participated in committees that have achieved cross border collaboration amongst prestigious universities and academic centers in the San Diego-Tijuana border region including: University of San Diego, California State San Marcos, University of California San Diego, Universidad Iberoamericana (Tijuana and León), Universidad Pedagógica Nacional and others. Her degrees include: business administration, education; certificates in nonprofit management, binational literacy and development of critical thinking, human rights educator certified by the National Commission of Human Rights and is finishing her Ph.D. in Education. She currently is part of National Community Tax Coalition Data Collection Working Group, member of Emerging Practitioner’s in Philanthropy (EPIP) as well as Hispanas Organized for Political Equity (HOPE).
James Clark is the Executive Director of the San Diego – Tijuana Smart Border Coalition. The Coalition is a membership organization of senior San Diego and Tijuana business executives dedicated to regional cooperation on jobs creation, workforce development and social networking.
Clark began his professional career in San Diego as an advertising account executive. He then moved north to found a magazine company to publish airline in-flight magazines. Other publishing ventures included San Francisco Magazine and The Executive. Clark was also director of Magazine Development at Freedom Communications and interim publisher of World Trade and Latin Trade magazines. Prior to the Mexico Business Center, James was the executive director for the Californias of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce.
He serves on several boards in the U.S. and Mexico.
Clark is a native of Illinois, and a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana with a B.S. in Marketing.