Willy BarrenoCo-Founder and Co-Coordinator in Guatemala,



Willy Barreno took up arms and joined the guerilla movement at the age of eighteen during the Guatemalan Civil War. He fought for and then migrated to Wisconsin in search of a better life. While in the U.S., he worked as a chef and grassroots organizer on indigenous and human rights issues in Wisconsin, New Mexico, Texas, and Illinois. After twelve years of living in the U.S., he decided to return to Guatemala to regain his identity, rediscover his roots, and help create the Guatemalan Dream.


  • General Coordinator and Co-Founder: Willy Barreno
  • Administrator: Ubaldo Ramierz
  • Technical Coordinator of Proyecto Puente: Jorge Simaj
  • Technical and Communication Support Coordinator: Juan Pablo Guzmán
  • Outreach coordinator: Magdalena Kaluza

Board of Directors

  • President: Edgar Perez López
  • Vice President: Edna Hernandez Saraccini
  • Secretary: Marleny Rameriez
  • Treasurer: Israel Lopez Vail
  • Chair 1: Lucia Orellana
  • Chair 2: Cecilia Cuc Alonzo
  • Chair 3: Santiago Boc Tay


  • Giovanni Lopez
  • Ruby Zelada

Technical Support Group

  • Guillen Lorentzen
  • Alfonso Ralda

International Group Support

  • Page Harris
  • Julia Miyahara
  • Amanda Morelli


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