Lizzette is the Executive Director of the Dream Project and an experienced activist and advocate for the
undocumented community. Lizzette helped in the establishment of the Dream P
roject, and as Executive Director
she is charged with strategically managing the organization’s work to fulfill its mission of empowering students
whose immigration status creates a barrier to access education. She is one of the co
founders of Dreamers of
Virginia, one of the first organized DREAMer groups in the state. Lizzette is motivated to help undocumented
youth pursue empowerment through higher education and activism, having experienced first
frustrations of being an undocumented student. Pr
eviously, Lizzette worked closely with thought leaders from
various education organizations, businesses, and schools, in developing resources and campaigns to advance the
best practices to develop the 21st century skills among all students. Lizzette obtain
ed a B.A degree from
Moravian College in History and Sociology, with a concentration in Law and Society
Bookkeeper & Administrative Associate
Cecilia works as the administrative associate and bookkeeper for the Dream Project, providing
support for all
programs offered by the Dream Project. Additionally, Cecilia manages all the bookkeeping tasks for the
organization. Mrs. Morales was born in Bolivia, where she studied law and accounting. She is the mother of two
‘Dreamers’ and she joined
the Dream Project in 2014. She is motivated to help young people make their dreams
of a professional career come true.
Mentoring Program Coordinator
Patricia Sanguinetti has more than 25 years of counseling experience working with culturally diverse
populations. She has been a passionate advocate for excellence and equality
in education for all students.
responsible for promo
ting, planning and implementing career and college activities and assessing and
interpreting student’s needs to provide them with the b
est educational opportunities.
In addition to her
counseling work, Ms. Sanguinetti has been the principal of the Escuela
Argentina Inc. for the past eig
The Escuela Argentina
provides instruction in Spanish every Saturday to more than 400 bicultural students from
K to 12th grade.
In the past year, Ms. Sanguinetti has been coordinating the Dream Project Mentori
ng Program, supporting
seniors with their post
secondary education plans and the understanding of the college application process,
financial aid, and available options
Carlos is the newest addition to the Dream Project Staff, as a program assistant. Carlos graduated in
the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Psychology. Throughout his university career, Carlos has facilitated
countless workshops for immigrant youth. Being an immigrant from Colombia, Carlos is very familiar with the
struggles many immigrants
face in the U.S. Through his work, Carlos has helped Latinx youth work through
issues adapting to the U.S. as well as equip them with tools to become better at communicating to have more
fulfilling familial relationships.
Belinda Passafaro recently joined the Dream Project Board of Directors in August 2016. Over the past 20 years, she has served in the educational field as a leader, social justice advocate, program director, and consultant. She is the Vice President of Development Without Limits and specializes in professional development, curriculum development, program management and leadership development for non-profit organizations in underserved communities in New York City and in cities across the country.
Belinda is also the Co-Founder and Associate Executive Director of Hermanas SOL, which seeks to empower women of color to achieve personal, professional, and spiritual growth through educational achievement, financial literacy and leadership development within a culturally relevant framework. As a marketplace minister, she also facilitates strategic planning retreats, mentoring opportunities, and serves as a conference presenter for faith-based entities.
Belinda is a graduate of Brooklyn College, of the City University of New York, and has a Master’s Degree in Bilingual Education, and also completed Columbia University’s Middle Management Program at the Not-for-Profit Institute. In May 2013, Belinda graduated from Union Theological Seminary, in New York City, with a Master of Divinity degree with a specialized focus in theology and psychology. She currently resides in Arlington, VA with her husband, Benjamin.