In the 1990’s Claudia Gonzales was attending college in La Paz. On her way to her classes, she often noticed large numbers of children sleeping outdoors. She befriended a homeless boy who slept under a fountain in front of her university. He told her about life on the streets and she gave him food and clothing. The stories he told touched her heart and inspired her to devote her life to helping street children improve theirs.
We are helping her do that and you can join us.
– Claudia Gonzales
Silvia Cruz was born in La Paz. Her parents were very poor and suffered from alcoholism. They lived on the streets where their basic needs for food, water, sanitation, and healthcare went unmet. Silvia came into our partner’s care at age 7 and was given shelter, healthcare, and therapy so she could begin to heal from the trauma she experienced on the street. She was enrolled in primary school and given extra support from our partner’s teams to help her catch up on the years of school she missed. She caught up quickly, earned a scholarship, and graduated from University with a degree in management and entrepreneurship.
Today she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Spain and hopes to start business development programs in Bolivia to help people rise out of poverty.
For $50 per month, you can provide food, housing, and education for one child in Bolivia.
Children live in six loving homes in both La Paz and Santa Cruz. Our partner’s team of counselors, nutritionists, and educators provide for all of the children’s healthcare and dietary needs. They receive therapy and psychosocial support to heal from trauma they suffered on the streets. Our partner also provides legal help to obtain birth certificates and ID cards to prove their legal identity so they can register for school, apply for programs and later start their adult lives.
Children attend primary education and secondary education at local government schools, and we provide extra extra support and school “leveling” classes at home to help them catch up. We work with local sponsors to help children get scholarships to private schools and University so that they can build careers and vocations that will transform their lives.
We create a culture of constant improvement which permeates all activities – children are constantly encouraged and helped to think of a better future for themselves and their future families. Children create life plans with specific goals and plans to achieve them. They are inspired by the real-life stories they hear of former residents who have gone on to achieve success in professional fields, entrepreneurship, engineering, and medicine and they begin to see their own paths to influence and imagine doing things they couldn’t imagine before.
Children benefit from the global Many Hopes community which donates their influence to open doors (capital, expertise, employment, further study) and help these young people become change makers in their communities.
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Senior Vice President Growth, Bionic Solution
A Silicon Valley native, Maxine Gisinger Friedman has over 20 years of leadership experience in strategic consulting, executive coaching, business development, and marketing at consulting, agency, startup, and Fortune 500 companies. Maxine is Principal and Founder of Maxine Ventures and plays an independent C-level growth and transformation partner role working with Chief Innovation, Strategy and R&D Officers of some of the world’s leading brands.
A sought-after thought leader on building growth capability strategies and systems at the enterprise level, Maxine also advises multiple startups and is an active angel investor. Prior, Maxine was on the co-founding leadership team of Bionic, an army of entrepreneurs that installs a Growth Operating System that creates a permanent, always-on capability for organic and inorganic growth. As SVP at Bionic, she built and led the Partner and Services team as well as led enterprise partnerships for brands including P&G, Nike, Anheuser-Busch and TD Ameritrade.
A seasoned entrepreneur, Maxine helped build multiple startups (Contently, Syncapse, Clickable, Brandimensions) and always played an early cofounding leadership team role. Maxine earned dual MBAs from Columbia University and London Business School and B.S. in Journalism from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Maxine and her family are currently based in the Hamptons after 20 years in NYC.
Becky grew up in Texas and graduated from Baylor University with degrees in Economics and Finance in 1990. A former credit analyst and commercial lender at Bank of America, Becky stopped working in order to stay home with children, Richard and Layne. She met her husband, Rick, at Baylor and got married shortly after graduation. The Weldays have lived all over the world including periods in Switzerland, Mexico City, New York, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Saint Louis, and all over Texas.
Her extra time is spent volunteering with churches and other organizations and she enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Liberty Mutual, Director of Financial Analysis
Sue joined the board as clerk after volunteering with the Boston Many Hopes chapter for several years. She studied Business Administration at the University of Vermont and has an MBA from Boston College. She works as a Director of Financial Analysis at Liberty Mutual in Boston. Sue visited Many Hopes in Kenya and was thrilled to meet the girls and see the impact in person.
President, John Hancock Financial Services
CEO, New York Life Retirement Plan Services
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Patrick has spent the past 25 years in the financial services industry helping companies and their employees achieve financial security. He is currently the President of John Hancock Retirement Plan Services. Pat has also spent significant personal time as a coach and mentor, helping young people realize their potential on and off the athletic fields.
He became a believer in the Many Hopes mission after meeting Thomas for lunch in 2012. He was a private donor and helped with fundraising before joining the board.
Global Staffing Lead, Google Search and Assistant
Daniel joined Google in 2015, after a career in recruiting across the non-profit and education industries. At Google, Daniel initially managed five teams of recruiters, primarily supporting Software Engineering hiring in the Bay Area. Daniel then spent a year leading Google Cloud’s Americas Sales recruiting teams in a hyper growth market. For the past two years, Daniel has been the Global Staffing Lead role for Google Search and Assistant, leading all staffing efforts for all global hiring of these technical businesses.
Before Google, Daniel was the Vice President of National Alliances at Teach For America, based in new York City. With his experience serving under-privileged children in South Africa and Namibia, Daniel launched our Many Hopes New York Chapter and served as Regional Director for our first year in NYC. Daniel first visited Mudzini Kwetu in 2009 and fell in love with our vision for long term, transformative change through the lives of the girls he met there.
Columbia Property Trust, President
Nelson has more than 30 years of experience in the real estate investment and financial services industries. He is responsible for overall strategy, operations, and financial performance of Columbia Property Trust, a $6 billion public real estate owner/operator. He also serves as a director on the Columbia Board. Prior to joining Columbia in 2010, he served for five years as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Williams Realty Advisors, LLC, managing and advising a series of real estate investment funds.
Previous roles included CFO of Lend Lease Real Estate Investments and Partner at KPMG LLP. He received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee and an M.B.A. from the University of Georgia. Nelson and his wife, Judy, live adjacent to Madison Square Park in New York City.
(X)form Coaching and Consulting, Founder
Joseph is an Elite-Performance Strategist dedicated to transforming professional lives of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity into realities of clarity, control, calm, and continuous improvement. He previously spent 20 years in the corporate realm, serving as an operating executive in both early-stage startups (including two successful exits) and large global enterprises.
He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his amazing wife and their two incredible children.
Blackstone Credit, Managing Director
Joseph McKnight focuses on mezzanine lending and private equity investments in the energy and power sectors.
Before joining Blackstone Credit, Mr. McKnight served as a Vice President at Goldman Sachs, where he focused on private equity and proprietary direct investments in power generation and renewable energy within the firm’s J. Aron commodity division. He previously worked as an Associate in the Natural Resources private-equity vertical at Apollo Management.
Mr. McKnight received a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with academic honors