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The Consul General of Mexico in New York

Ambassador Sandra Fuentes


New Yorkers for CASA

Request the pleasure of your company

to celebrate

 CASA: Center for Adolescents of San Miguel de Allende

35 years of community outreach, midwifery education, health care,

scholarships for youth and domestic violence prevention

at a cocktail reception

Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m.

at the Ambassador’s Residence

214 East 72nd Street

Welcome cocktails followed by a spirited conversation about how a new generation of entrepreneurs in business, government and the social sector are creating effective strategies to empower families in Mexico and Mexican immigrants in the U.S.

 Moderated by

Maria Hinojosa, Futuro Media Group


Alyshia Galvez, Ph.D, Director CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies

Nadine Goodman, Co-founder, CASA

Eduardo Peñaloza, Executive Director, Mixteca Organization

Susan Pritzker, Reproductive Justice Advocate, Entrepreneur and Co-founder CASA Investor Network

Anastasio Rodriguez, MD, Oaxaca, President Rio Petate Foundation

Shaunna Thomas, Co-founder, Ultra Violet


After the panel discussion please join us for more cocktails   

to celebrate CASA’s new work with MIXTECA in Brooklyn

y Fundación para el Desarrollo Integral de Rio Petate y Comunidades Rurales A.C., Oaxaca

Tickets are available below: 

        Limited seating                                                                                             $500 per person  (tax deductible)



Anastasio Rodriguez Antonio, MD

Anastasio Rodriguez Antonio, MD is an obstetrician and gynecologist, he is director of The San Pedro Community Hospital in Oaxaca, Mexico and the President of the Rio Petata Foundation, a not for profit organization that works with the needs of rural communities. Dr. Antonio is the force behind the new government accredited midwifery school in Oaxaca due to open in January 2016 with help from CASA.

Alyshia Gálvez

Alyshia Gálvez is the director of the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY. Author of two books on Mexican immigration in New York, Patient Citizens, Immigrant Mothers Mexican Women, Public Prenatal Care and the Birth Weight Paradox (Rutgers University Press, Oct. 2011, winner of the 2012 ALLA Book Award from the Association of Latino and Latin American Anthropologists) and Guadalupe in New York (NYU Press, Dec. 2009), she is a cultural and medical anthropologist and associate professor of Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies at Lehman College/CUNY. She is currently researching changing food policies, systems and practices in Mexico and Mexican communities in the United States, including the ways they are impacted by trade and economic policy, and their public health implications. 

Ambassador Sandra Fuentes-Berain

Ambassador Sandra Fuentes-Berain, currently the Counsul General of Mexico in New York, began her diplomatic career with the Foreign Service, she was appointed Ambassador in 1988 when she served as Consul General in Hong Kong. She has served as Mexico’s Head of Mission to the European Union and Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg, Canada, France and The Netherlands; as well as Consul General in Milan, where she headed the Office for the Promotion of Businesses between Mexico and the European Union.

At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she was Director General for Europe, Director General for Asia/Pacific and Adviser to the Minister. During her prominent career she has actively promoted relations with NGO’s, with media and business sectors. She participated in the negotiations of both NAFTA and the Free Trade Agreement with the EU.

In the Netherlands she succeeded in adding Mexico to the International Criminal Court and she chaired The Hague working group. During her tenure in Brussels she obtained the recognition of Mexico as Strategic Partner of the EU, a distinction accorded only to nine countries in the world.

She has collaborated in numerous publications: “Towards the Consolidation of a Strategic Relation: Mexico and Canada” (1997); “The Strategic Relation between the European Union and Latin America” (2008); “Screams and Whispers II: 39 Women’s Untimely Experiences” (2009), to mention only a few.

Ambassador Fuentes-Berain has been decorated by governments and foreign institutions. She has received: Knight Grand Cross of the Order Orange-Nassau (May 2007); Grand Officer of Merit, Italian Republic (December 2005); Commander of the National Order of the Légion d’Honneur, France (March 2001); Commander of the Order of Civilian Merit, Spain (May 1983) Commander of the Order of Isabel the Catholic; Spain (June 1983); Commander of the Order of the Polar Star, Sweden (October 1980); Order of Merit, Federal Republic of Deutschland (Grand-Cross with Star) (May 1980), Member of the Royal Victorian Order (April 1973). In 2007 she was appointed Permanent Observer of Mexico to the Council of Europe.

She was born in Mexico City and studied law at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Nadine Goodman

Nadine Goodman, a native New Yorker, moved to San Miguel de Allende to study Spanish after completing a double masters in Public Health (MPH) and, Social Work (CSW) from Columbia University. After making San Miguel her home, in 1984 Goodman founded CASA, Center for the Adolescents in de San Miguel de Allende, a non-profit health and social service agency. As executive director she developed an holistic educational model that offers family planning, maternal health care, early childhood development and youth outreach. Thirty years later CASA’s staff services more than 80,000 Mexicans each year.

In 1996 Goodman launched a pilot project to establish Mexico’s first accredited professional midwifery school. Based on its success, she is working with the government to launch additional midwifery schools using CASA curriculum and graduates as instructors.

Goodman has been a Clinton Global Initiative member since 2007. Together with her husband, CASA’s co-founder, Alejandro Gonzalez Rullan, she received the 2006 Population Leadership Award by Population Connection (Formerly Zero Population Growth). In 2000, Nadine was elected to Columbia University Graduate School of Social Work’s Hall of Fame.

Beyond CASA, Goodman has consulted with the University of California, Save the Children and Population Communication International.

Ms. Goodman has lived with her family live in San Miguel de Allende since 1981.

Maria Hinojosa

Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning news anchor and reporter who covers America’s untold stories and highlights today’s critical issues. In 2010, Hinojosa created the Futuro Media Group, an independent nonprofit organization producing multimedia journalism that explores and gives a critical voice to the diversity of the American experience. As the anchor and Executive Producer of the Peabody Award winning show Latino USA which is distributed by NPR, and anchor and Executive Producer of the PBS show America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa, both produced by Futuro Media, she has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad.

Hinojosa’s 25-year history as an award-winning journalist includes reporting for PBS, CBS, WNBC, CNN, NPR, Frontline, and CBS Radio and anchoring the Emmy Award winning talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One. She is the author of two books and has won dozens of awards, including four Emmys, the John Chancellor Award, the Studs Terkel Community Media Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and the Ruben Salazar Lifetime Achievement Award. She is currently the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Chair of Latin American and Latino Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, and lives with her husband and their son and daughter in New York.

Eduardo Peñaloza

Eduardo Peñaloza , born in Mexico is the Executive Director of Mixteca, an organization based in New York City whose mission is to empower the Mexican and Latin-American immigrants of the New York area by providing them access to health and education services that will enhance their quality of life and will allow them to reach sustainable social and economic development. Previously Eduardo Peñaloza was the education programs director for the Mexican Consulate in New York City. 

Susan Pritzker

Susan Prizker has been active in the arts, education, civil rights, environment and women's issues for most of her life. She is a former chair of the board of Pitzer College, former chair of the board of directors of Chicago-based Urban Gateways: Center for the Arts in Education, and former chair of the board of directors of the Chicago Foundation for Women, whose goal is to increase philanthropic giving by women for a variety of causes, including shelters for abused women and girls and programs on domestic violence and sexual assault. Susan is also founder and president of the Libra Foundation which supports innovative and effective work that emphasizes strategies that incorporate the interconnections between issues and organizations that lead to real social change. CASA is a grantee of the Libra Foundation and Susan is a cofounder and active member of the CASA Investor Network.

Shaunna Thomas

Shaunna Thomas is co-founder and co-Executive Director of UltraViolet. Shaunna has had a ten year career in progressive organizing, building progressive infrastructure projects and winning critical policy fights at the national level. Before founding UltraViolet, Shaunna was the Executive Director of the P Street Project, a 501c4 nonprofit dedicated to organizing progressive members of Congress and connecting federal legislative strategy with online grassroots mobilization efforts. Prior to that, Shaunna was the COO of Progressive Congress, a nonprofit supporting the policy and organizing work of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Shaunna was introduced to organizing and advocacy through the 2004 presidential election, which inspired the next five years of her work at Young People For, a Project of People For the American Way Foundation dedicated to identifying, engaging and empowering the next generation of progressive leaders. Shaunna--originally from Los Angeles--is a resident of Washington, D.C.