Alejandra was born and raised in San Diego, but now calls Portland home. Her passion is promoting diversity and inclusion in both social and educational settings. She has worked with youth at all ages to develop a strong sense of self, as well as confidence. She pushes education past the classroom in order to make learning relevant to the real world. Alejandra’s mission is to is to provide youth, especially those from marginalized communities, with an equitable education so that they have the tools necessary to accomplish their greatest goals. In her free time you can find Alejandra going on long runs or working on a new painting. She is thrilled to be working with Sail2Change and having the opportunity to make an impact on some amazing youth.
Cynthia is an HR professional, currently working as the HR Manager at Harvest (a SaaS company). Her passion for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work began as an undergraduate majoring in Women and Gender studies. Cynthia holds a BA, MBA, and MLS from Willamette University. She also serves on the Board of Directors for SAFER. A Pacific Northwestern at heart, Cynthia enjoys cheering for the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks.
Emily Guida Foos
Emily Guida Foos joined Red Wing Arts as the Executive Director in 2018. She has over 20 years’ experience in business development, marketing, financial management, operations and human resource management. She previously has held positions as Director of Human Resource, Legal Administrator, Chief Operating Officer and Consultant. She has played a vital role throughout these past few years of Red Wing Art's transition to bring art outside our physical location and contribute to the economic impact of the arts throughout our community. She brings a wealth of leadership experience to this position and is pleased to be following in her father’s footsteps. A Red Wing native, Foos earned her bachelor’s in International Affairs at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR.
Billy Van Der Wal
Billy was born and raised in Rhode Island and grew up sailing. He started sailing Optimists when he was eight years old, moved into larger dinghies, and eventually worked and raced old America's Cup boats (12 meters) as a summer job throughout college, where he studied Sociology and Urban Studies. He taught sailing in New York City to both kids and adults, and is an avid proponent of outdoor education and spreading the exciting world of sailing! More recently, Billy has been stoking his passion for alternative education and exploring more innovative and engaging models for educating kids.