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Francisco Arguelles

Executive Director


Pancho Argüelles Paz y Puente was born in Mexico City and has lived in the U.S. since 1997. For more than thirty years he has worked on human rights issues in Mexico, Central America, and the United States: as a rural teacher in Chiapas, supporting Guatemalan refugees, co-founding Universidad Campesina in Nicaragua, and with rural cooperatives in Central Mexico. In Houston, he co-founded Fe y Justicia Worker Center, a community organization for low-wage immigrant workers. Pancho served on the board of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights where he co-authored the popular education curriculum, BRIDGE: Building a Race and Immigration Dialogue on the Global Economy. He lives in Houston, TX, where he is on his eight year serving as the  executive director of Living Hope Wheelchair Association, a community-based organization of migrants with spinal cord injuries. Through PazyPuente LLC he provides training and consulting services to social and racial justice organizations across the country.  He also serves on the board of the Highlander Research and Education Center and holds a BA on Education from UNAM and a Masters on Multicultural Education from UHCL. He is married to amazing Cristina K. and has two kids Antonio (14) and Maria Graciela (12).