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Carlos Ernesto Cuauhtémoc Hagedorn
Chief Innovation Officer
Carlos is a Xicano-Filipino teacher activist who was raised with the values of social justice and love for the community. A youth developer for the past 20 years, Carlos has worked with elementary, middle, high school, and college students in San Francisco, New York City, and the Napa Valley. Carlos is a Co-founder and Executive Director of the Legacy Youth Project (LYP), a 5-12th grade ethnic studies youth program dedicated to supporting at-promise youth of the Napa Valley. Carlos’s LYP heartwork model has been nationally recognized and featured in the documentary, “The Mask You Live In.” His research interests are at the intersection of youth development and community organizing through Ethnic Studies programming.
Carlos also teaches courses in Ethnic Studies in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University, Sonoma State University, Napa Valley College, and in Social Justice and Community Organizing at Prescott College in Arizona. Carlos is a co-founder of the grassroots organization, Napa Valley Ethnic Studies Advocates and Napa Valley Dream Team. He is the Chief Innovations Officer and Partner for Acosta Educational Partnership. Additionally, he has engaged in extensive international education and solidarity work in Cuba, El Salvador, and Venezuela. Carlos holds a B.A. in Raza Studies and an M.A. in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University.
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