I am happiest when I am working at Open Streets.
I believe streets can bring people together. In a city with a history of division and segregation, an Open Streets programme could profoundly change how we relate to each other.
I am passionate about cities, public space and most importantly, people. Open Streets is a concept that resonates strongly because of my upbringing and the potential it has shown in Cape Town. Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, I lived in the US for most of my adult life before moving to South Africa in 2006. My academic background includes a Masters in Public Administration and International Affairs from Syracuse University. I have worked in policy and advocacy for almost ten years in organisations that include The Carter Center, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Partcipation, and Fairtrade Africa. I am also a co-founder of SUR Collective, a platform for cultural exchange between Latin American and Sub-Saharan African countries and was a contributor to the African Centre for Cities? Serious Fun project in 2014.