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Thais Rezende is the CEO of BizWorld.org and has 12 years of experience in the nonprofit world, with a special focus on micro-enterprise development. For 8 years she led the growth of innovative programming and organizational expansion at Women’s Initiative for Self Employment. Rezende initiated and led the agency’s successful expansion into Contra Costa and Marin Counties, as well as the Silicon Valley. As the lead developer of the successful business propulsion program “SuccessLink”, she set a new national standard for entrepreneurship support services that are now a national model. During her tenure as Program Director, Rezende focused on scalability and efficiency and as a result, the agency tripled the number of women it served. In 2009 Rezende was promoted to become the Women's Initiative Executive Director in San Francisco and Marin County and she subsequently took the same position in the East Bay.

Thais comes to BizWorld with extensive business experience, working as Public Relations Manager in her native Mexico. During this time she fostered her commitment to public services when she helped open three virtual libraries and consistently provided shelter, schooling, and coverage of basic needs to more than 300 homeless children. Rezende moved to the Bay Area, 15 years ago, and worked for the Mexican Consulate as part of The Mexican Communities Abroad Team where she helped implement and develop health, educational and business trade programs. Her background includes journalism work both in TV and print covering technology topics. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from her native Mexico and is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese.

Charlene Simonian Vaca is the Operations Director with BizWorld.organd has been part of the team since November 2012. Her professional background is in office administration, customer service, and sales. Charlene is responsible for the general operations of the organization including domestic and international programming, marketing, financials, and human resources.

Originally from Sonora, CA, she came to the Bay Area to attend California State University East Bay. In September 2012, she graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration, with concentrations in Accounting and Marketing. Her hobbies include floral design, crafting, and scuba diving whenever she gets the chance. She loves animals, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

Amparo Leyman Pino, M. Ed., is an education professional based in San Francisco, CA. She holds a BS in Psychology and a Master in Education. She is alum of the Noyce Leadership Institute.

Since 1994, she has been dedicated to work closely with children, teenagers and adults, in both formal and informal environments in Mexico, the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Throughout her life she has been moved by her passion for education, by a quest to discover methodologies and theories that can help others learn and acquire knowledge, for their own benefit and for the good of society.  Amparo’s focus has been on innovation, cultural relevancy and the development of quality interactive learning experiences and communities.

Her work in the United States has been focused mainly in helping institutions such as the Nise Net, Cornell University, the Lawrence Hall of Science, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the California Academy of Sciences, and the San Diego Natural History Museum, among others, to engage Spanish-speaking audiences and create a culture of inclusion and diversity among their staff.

She has broad experience and proficiency in the education field: teaching, counseling, training, professional development, curriculum development, assessment, program evaluation, technology integration, content development, after school programs, e-learning and informal education of science, technology, the arts, and interpersonal development through exhibits.

Patricia Solis joined BizWorld in 2015 as a Development and Operation Specialist. Previously, Patricia worked as a Development Services Specialist for the American Red Cross, as a General Manager in a Colombian clothing manufacturer managing a team of 40 people, and as a Financial Manager, for a furniture company of 300 employees. She graduated with honors from Universidad Central in her hometown Colombia with a dual degree in Business Administration and International Finance.

Helping her parents grow their small businesses Patricia has always had a passion for entrepreneurship and is now working on getting certified in Early Education for Children with Special Needs. She believes that if we shape and support early education, students can start building a bright future and be strong positive leaders.

Patricia is happy to work for an agency that changes the world through entrepreneurship and self-empowerment.

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