1st Term expires 8/1/2020
Julieta Altamirano-Crosby, who was born and raised in Guerrero, Mexico, has a long track record of collaboration and relationship-building in education and government settings to break down discrimination, increase accessibility to education, and spread cultural awareness. Her work is tied to the belief that a person’s identity and growth are closely tied to their understanding and appreciation of culture and language. She brought the activism and advocacy for human rights to the United States when she moved to Washington in 2009.
Julieta is the president of the WAGRO Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to break down barriers to education for Latinos in Washington and Guerrero, Mexico. She founded WAGRO in 2012 to assist Latinos and Indigenous Mexican students and families in finding academic success in Washington as they navigate life in their new home. She is the radio host of “Conexion Contigo” (“Connection with You” in Spanish) for KSVR 91.7FM Skagit Valley Community Radio. She also is a member of the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County, the Advisory Board of Center for Washington Cultural Traditions and the Snohomish County Commission of Human Rights. Julieta was recognized by SPIRIT 105.3 as an “unsung hero” and was the Snohomish County Human Rights Award recipient in 2017.
Julieta received her master’s in Communication Science at the Complutense University of Madrid in Spain and her Ph.D. in Social Communication from the University of Havana in Cuba. She earned her Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Leadership from Seattle Pacific University in 2018. Dr. Altamirano-Crosby was the director of Latino Enrollment for Catholic Schools at the Archdiocese of Seattle from 2015-2016. In this roll, she was involved in research projects about Latinos in education in Washington. She presented her research at the National Catholic Educational Association(NCEA) Convention in San Diego, California, and at the Washington Education Research Association (WERA) Conference in SeaTac in 2016. Dr. Altamirano-Crosby was a presenter at the International Conference which specialized on the topic of Education for Excellence, Diversity, and Respect. This prestigious conference was hosted by Seattle Pacific University and the Janusz Korczak Association of USA last year.