Carlos J. Fernandez Torres
Committee Member: Scholars, Fundraising & Communications
Growing up in Mexico, Niger and Ethiopia gave Carlos an international perspective, specifically on the effects of poverty. Understanding the hardships of the underserved and an interest in global issues led him to study International Relations at Michigan State University and a Masters of Education Policy at the University of Washington.
He followed his undergrad experience by joining the Peace Corps as a community development agent in Cameroon. Carlos focused his work on building the resources of local rural schools. He continued his interest in grass roots development with a capacity building position with the Peace Corps in Panama, where he worked for a foundation that combated illiteracy.
After three years in West Africa and Latin America, Carlos transitioned to Washington, D.C., where he served as a teacher at a successful public charter school. There, he had the opportunity to support and foster new and innovative techniques in education, such as the Expeditionary Learning and Responsive Classrooms methods. Carlos is very excited to use what he has learned to assure that Engeye’s mission is accomplished!