Originally from the land now knowns as Guatemala, Lilian Alvarez has lived experience being a newly arrived immigrant and understands the complexity of learning to navigate systems and cultural nuances. With over a decade of experience working in the non-profit sector, Lilian has dedicated her career connecting and empowering others, challenging equity practices, providing a space for understanding and solidarity – all while safely and intentionally increasing visibility of seemingly invisible communities. Lilian managed traditional refugee resettlement programming for seven years. Prior to that, she was the Director of a small Kinship Care program and worked with at-risk youth in a counseling and group empowerment setting as well as through a national mentoring program. While not a morning person, if breakfast, brunch or vacation travel is involved, Lilian is the first one out the door.