Angela Pack Zia is Founder and Executive Director of Think Bilingual Austin, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Prior to Think Bilingual Austin, Angela worked in international business development and management, consulted in a number of economic development and corporate social responsibility projects, and volunteered in a variety of ESL and tutoring programs. Angela has a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Political Science from Georgetown College. After her daughter was born, Angela knew that she would raise her to be bilingual and multicultural. However, in doing so, she discovered that this effort created unique challenges in both finding the right resources that met her and her family’s needs at each stage of her child’s development and in creating and maintaining the will that her daughter needed to continue this effort. Having learned much over the years in pursuing bilingualism and multiculturalism, Angela created the non-profit, Think Bilingual Austin, to help others in our community and abroad in their pursuit for bilingualism and multiculturalism.
Current Board Members
Alex Argüello, is the president of Core Goals Consulting, which provides leadership and development services for businesses, non-profits, associations, and schools/universities. The firm specializes in integrating its proprietary transactional documentation software (SlingDoc) as well as implementing fundraisers for non-profit organizations. Alex has developed and implemented innovative experiential learning programs for many years from elementary school to University level, including his 13 years as the Director of the Texas Association of Future Educators. His most recent contribution to this field was the founding of Amigos de Russell Lee, a non-profit organization with a cost effective model for providing Spanish instruction for elementary students. Together, Alex and his wife are dedicated to ensuring that their two children remain connected with their heritage language and culture.
Garrett is currently an advisor for Dell Technologies working in the Internal Consulting and Audit Group. He is also a graduate of Dell’s Financial Development program, a two-year global rotational program designed to provide participants diverse financial and budgeting experiences across Dell’s finance organization. Prior to starting at Dell, Garrett earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in finance. Upon graduation, Garrett moved to Beijing for a year to study Mandarin at Tsinghua University . Garrett continues to grow his language skills today by attending classes outside of work as well as working with foreign exchange students in local programs. Through his experiences, Garrett recognizes bilingualism and multiculturalism are both essential in today’s ever-changing social, cultural, and professional landscapes.
Daniela has a B.A. in Architecture from Universidad Tecnológica de México. After 6 years in this career she became a mother. Becoming a mother inspired her to find an education for her daughters that would fulfill their potential and help them be better humans beings. Daniela changed her career to become a Montessori teacher. Daniela taught 2 years in a preschool and kindergarten classroom in México city before moving to Austin, Texas. Daniela is currently completing her Montessori Early Education program from Age of Montessori MACTE accreditation and volunteering at Magnolia Montessori.
Lisi was born in New Jersey and lived in Spain since she was three years old. She came to Austin for the first time in the summer of 2012 . She has a bachelor’s degree in pedagogy and a master’s degree in childhood and adolescence. Lisi possesses vast experience designing and implementing different educational projects aimed for children and families and she manages her blog, Infancia y Educación, where she writes and shares inspirational projects and resources. Lisi has traveled throughout Europe and collaborated in several solidarity projects in U.S., Spain, Mexico and Guinea Equatorial. She and her husband are raising their two kids in a multicultural and bilingual environment.
Meera de Mel returned to Austin 4 years ago, although she’s always considered it home, having earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics at UT-Austin years ago. Law school had taken Meera away to New York City, where she studied international law at NYU, and then practiced with the U.S. State Department for several years. This work in government took her to the Hague to argue before an international tribunal, to Baghdad where she served as General Counsel of our Embassy in Baghdad, and finally to the UN where she served as Senior Policy Adviser to the US Permanent Representative. Meera then went on to work for her alma mater– NYU– running their global outreach. In her last position, as Assistant Dean for Global Programs, she launched a brand-new study abroad program for law students, designed to immerse them in the cultures, language, and legal system of their chosen site of study (Latin America, Asia or Europe). Upon returning to Austin, Meera has been home taking care of her daughter, Rea, who is now 3. She has been speaking with Rea in Spanish since birth, learning the language with her daughter as she grows; to her delight, both mother and daughter are approaching some genuine degree of fluency.
Felicity is partner at fibercove, a coworking space in Austin, TX and COO of Tipit, LLC an Austin based web design firm. With a background in communications, Felicity previously worked as marketing director for a United Nations affiliated NGO. She spent 10 years in the technology industry, managing the growth of a thriving technology design company. in 2015, she launched fibercove, a full service coworking, meeting and event space dedicated to productivity; it was recently recognized by Austin Inno as one of the “Fifty on Fire” for 2016. Felicity graduated from Vanderbilt University and holds a dual-masters in Public Policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and an MA in Communications from the College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin. She is raising her daughter and son in a Spanish dual-language environment and values language acquisition as a key learning experience.
Deborah C. Trejo is an attorney with the law firm Kemp Smith LLP and practices environmental, water and administrative law. Prior to working at Kemp Smith, she served as an assistant district attorney in the Rio Grande Valley. Before law school, Deborah was a bilingual public school teacher in New Mexico and Oregon. Deborah holds a Juris Doctor from Tulane University and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish language and literature from Reed College. Deborah is active with non-profit work related to education, social justice and disability issues. Deborah has also been a strong activist and involved parent for Dual Language education at AISD where her four children attend.