Guillermo is passionate about being an advocate for those at the margins of society. From whatever role he plays his purpose is to provide real opportunities for families to live with hope, with dignity and benefit from tangible outcomes. Growing up traveling to his dad’s farm in a rural village in Honduras as well as having constant exposure to the stark contrasts between the rich and the poor in the capital city, he was exposed to rural and urban poverty and learned from a young age about root causes of unjust systems. At the same time he had the opportunity to see the beauty of transformed lives when, against the odds, individuals, families and communities are empowered with vision, hope, purpose, and a sense of agency to build a new reality.
These experiences led Guillermo to develop an equalizer trait and pursue a career in International Development. He earned an MA in International Development from Eastern University, PA and has a BA double major in Philosophy and Business Administration from Houghton College, NY.
Early in his career he worked as a community facilitator and advocacy coordinator at World Vision Honduras. He has also worked as community organizer in a slum community of Tegucigalpa, Honduras with Servant Partners. Before joining Tearfund, he managed strategic relationships and grants at Agros International in programs focused on land ownership, economic development and eradicating chronic child-malnutrition in Central America. Guillermo is passionate about Tearfund’s holistic approach to development seeking to restore relationships with one’s self, with others, with creation and with the Creator. He is thrilled to be part of our growing programs in Latin America and Tearfund’s church and community partnership model to overcome poverty and injustice.
He lives in Everett, WA with his wife Anna and their two boys Guillermo David and Josue Mario. On a day off you will find Guillermo hiking in the Cascade mountains, at a soccer field or day dreaming about being an organic farmer.