CoDev Staff

Contact CoDev at codev@codev.org, or Cafe Etico at etico@etico.ca.

STEVE Stewart, Executive Director

Steve is CoDev’s Education Program Director and the Technical Secretary for the IDEA Network, which is housed at the CoDev offices. Steve has been involved in Latin American issues since he first visited Central America in 1986. After a stint as a Surrey Spanish and Social Studies teacher, Steve joined the CERIGUA news agency and covered the civil wars and land, labour and human rights issues during the 1990s in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. He has been working for the IDEA Network since its founding in 1999 and joined CoDev at the beginning of 2000.

WENDY Santizo, Education Program Director

Wendy has been working with Latin American social movements since 1999, in particular on the rights to memory, truth and justice. She is founder of the grassroots organization HIJOS (sons and daughters of the disappeared) in Guatemala and petitioner before the Inter American Human Rights Court in the Military Diary Case. Wendy has also worked for the right to public quality education with organizations like PRODESSA and CEAAL, applying methodologies of popular education. Wendy is passionate about history and theatre of the oppressed; in the mid 90’s Wendy was part of Vancouver’s Latino Theatre Group exploring issues affecting Vancouver communities.

FILIBERTO Celada-Alejos, Human & Labour Rights Program Director

During the peace process in Guatemala (1990s), a new, young generation born during the internal war started to return and incorporate to a new socio-political process in the Central American country. I started my journey in the revolutionary field in 2001, by joining to the H.I.J.O.S. Guatemala group. Getting to know youth that had experienced similar situations of exile and returning home looking for social justice, opened up the road to get highly involved in the process of recovering the historical memory from people and also to expose the magnitude of the violence and repression suffered from the military dictatorships, the genocide and crimes against humanity.

Since that time, I have been working and volunteering with youth groups that face the new political context of neoliberal policies and to keep the memory alive of those who no longer are in this struggle. I am interested in social research for social change, I have studied sociology and anthropology in Guatemala and Popular Education in Canada.

I am passionate about the Central American culture and its different ways of resisting neoliberalism, particularly among youth organizations.I am very motivated and very happy to be part of the CoDev staff, I certainly know that this is a great opportunity to grow personally in the field of international solidarity. But more important is the opportunity to strengthen the relationship between Canada and Latin America, as we face the same global context in different scenarios.

CINDY Pandini, Communications & Development Director

Cindy has more than 25 years experience working for non-profits across the globe.  Her happiest days were spent working to build the capacity of local environmental NGOs across Latin America and the Caribbean through The Nature Conservancy (Washington D.C).  It was during those eight years that she fell in love with the people and cultures of our friends in Latin America.  She has directed fundraising and communications programs for major NGOs in the United States and most recently as the Executive Director of BC Social Venture Partners, a Vancouver-based organization dedicated to capacity-building with local nonprofits.  A strong advocate for social justice, Cindy is eager to use her skills to promote understanding of the issues facing our Latin American Partners and encourage our Canadian Partners and fellow citizens to participate in and support CoDev’s work. Cindy is an advisor to the Vancouver Centre for Arts and Technology (VANCAT), the author of three books and a citizen of the world.  Cindy is so pleased to have joined the CoDev team in 2013.

JEFFREY Cramer, Finance & Operations Director

Prior to working in the private sector, Jeffrey enjoyed a career in the non-profit HIV/AIDS community, capped off by an exciting year with the XI International Conference on AIDS in 1996. He then moved into the private sector for 15 years, organizing and operating successful small-business ventures, where he gained a world of knowledge and experience, and honed his entrepreneurial spirit. His commitment to human rights and social justice subsequently drew him back to the non-profit sector, when Jeffrey joined the CoDevelopment team as Finance & Operations Director in 2011.

Café Ético Staff

FRANCISCO Gómez López, Café Ėtico Coordinator

Francisco Gómez-López joined CoDev as the Café Ėtico sales coordinator in August 2016. He is currently a PhD student on Interdisciplinary Studies at UBC and a Scholar at the Liu Institute for Global Issues. For more than 10 years he worked in the private sector implementing sustainable management practices for plant nurseries on different projects in Metro Vancouver. During this time Francisco’s passion has led him to organize several community events and conferences on issues that affect the Latin American community involving: immigration, land, sustainability, Free Trade Agreements and human rights. Before coming to Canada, Francisco worked with different rural communities in Colombia engaging in food security programs and organic coffee growth production. He is excited to be part of the CoDev team and their continue work with Canadian and Latin American partners. At his free time he enjoys writing, playing soccer and playing guitar.