During my university study in Spain, the country was riddled with poverty and little opportunity for creative expression. I returned to the U.S. and perceived a kind of cultural bubble. I became adamantly engaged in issues related to women and children, and worked with activist anger. An inspired leader suggested to me, “If this work is done with anger, the anger is embedded in the solutions. This work must be done with joy.” I have worked to root out my own anger, my own sense of injustice, seeking a higher calling that seems to come from holding a larger perspective and embracing all that occurs in life.
-Elisa Sabatini, Executive Director for Via International. She is responsible for providing strategic direction, supervising staff, creating new programs, and securing resources for activities in Mexico, Guatemala, the United States, and Canada. San Diego, CA