Our Tribe

Create Purpose is a team of professionals and volunteer experts in the United States and Mexico with expertise in a myriad of fields.

 Nicholas Sandoval - CEO  Nicholas is a former business consultant who had a desire to provide abandoned children holistic, future-focused learning and development opportunities while in the orphanage. This approach is child-centered with the long-term goal of empowering abandoned children to pursue their purpose after the orphanage. As a founding team member, he established the urgency for creating a “for purpose” organization that is now known as Create Purpose. Nicholas relocated to Tijuana, Mexico, and is steadily and diligently building up a team of professionals and a partner network. He works resourcefully to harmonize all the gifts of professionals, partners, volunteers and donors to deliver the promise of transformative education and create a blueprint for sustainable, positive impact for abandoned children.

Nicholas Sandoval - CEO

Nicholas is a former business consultant who had a desire to provide abandoned children holistic, future-focused learning and development opportunities while in the orphanage. This approach is child-centered with the long-term goal of empowering abandoned children to pursue their purpose after the orphanage. As a founding team member, he established the urgency for creating a “for purpose” organization that is now known as Create Purpose. Nicholas relocated to Tijuana, Mexico, and is steadily and diligently building up a team of professionals and a partner network. He works resourcefully to harmonize all the gifts of professionals, partners, volunteers and donors to deliver the promise of transformative education and create a blueprint for sustainable, positive impact for abandoned children.

Nicholas Sandoval - CEO

 Samuel Perez - Urban Agriculture  Samuel is a former child psychologist who found his passion in Urban Agriculture. He has been an integral part in i dentifying practical ways to help the local Tijuana community thrive through sustainable food growth.

Samuel Perez - Urban Agriculture

Samuel is a former child psychologist who found his passion in Urban Agriculture. He has been an integral part in i dentifying practical ways to help the local Tijuana community thrive through sustainable food growth.

Samuel Perez - Urban Agriculture

 Mariana Beleche - Nutritionist  Mariana joined the team after successfully conceptualizing, developing and activating a garden based nutrition education program within a public elementary school in Tijuana, Mexico. With a Masters in Nutritional Sciences from San Diego State University, she consistently weaves the instruction of healthy eating habits into the Urban Agriculture program. Her unique instruction intrinsically integrates the philosophy of STEAM Learning. 

Mariana Beleche - Nutritionist

Mariana joined the team after successfully conceptualizing, developing and activating a garden based nutrition education program within a public elementary school in Tijuana, Mexico. With a Masters in Nutritional Sciences from San Diego State University, she consistently weaves the instruction of healthy eating habits into the Urban Agriculture program. Her unique instruction intrinsically integrates the philosophy of STEAM Learning. 

Mariana Beleche - Nutritionist

 Ana Cristina Bórquez Garcés - Education  Ana Cristina designs curriculums and teaches teachers how to implement Project Based Learning Programs. Her approach embraces the concept of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math). Ana Cristina actively develops curriculum for Create Purpose that will be shared with schools and afterschool programs.

Ana Cristina Bórquez Garcés - Education

Ana Cristina designs curriculums and teaches teachers how to implement Project Based Learning Programs. Her approach embraces the concept of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math). Ana Cristina actively develops curriculum for Create Purpose that will be shared with schools and afterschool programs.

Ana Cristina Bórquez Garcés - Education

 Robert Nava - Board Chairman  Robert brings his expertise in donor development to Create Purpose. His guidance and experience was instrumental in launching the foundational organization in 2014.

Robert Nava - Board Chairman

Robert brings his expertise in donor development to Create Purpose. His guidance and experience was instrumental in launching the foundational organization in 2014.

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 Tresa Gowland - Marketing Officer  Tresa brings her expertise in digital marketing to the social sector by joining Create Purpose in 2014, fusing her passion for relevant marketing with her 20-year history of supporting high-impact youth development programs. She leads a team of purpose-driven professionals to bring the story of Create Purpose to life.

Tresa Gowland - Marketing Officer

Tresa brings her expertise in digital marketing to the social sector by joining Create Purpose in 2014, fusing her passion for relevant marketing with her 20-year history of supporting high-impact youth development programs. She leads a team of purpose-driven professionals to bring the story of Create Purpose to life.

Tresa Gowland - Director of Communications

 Kim Brown - Board Development Officer  Kim dedicates his life to the service of abandoned children. Though much of his work has been in support of adoption services, he recognizes the need for the development of the children who will remain in institutionalized care.

Kim Brown - Board Development Officer

Kim dedicates his life to the service of abandoned children. Though much of his work has been in support of adoption services, he recognizes the need for the development of the children who will remain in institutionalized care.

Kim Brown - Director of Development

 Amar Harrag - Orphanage Development Officer  Amar is a broker and restaurateur who has long since had a passion to bring coding to the abandoned children of Mexico. He is working closely with Create Purpose staff to turn the dream of coding into a reality for these children.

Amar Harrag - Orphanage Development Officer

Amar is a broker and restaurateur who has long since had a passion to bring coding to the abandoned children of Mexico. He is working closely with Create Purpose staff to turn the dream of coding into a reality for these children.

Amar Harrag - Orphanage Relations Director

 Adam Flores - Growth Officer  Adam sparked the idea in the early Create Purpose team that creating an organization based on the passions of the visionary team was possible. He worked closely with team members to get the core systems and funders in place to launch the organization. He collaborates with the Board of Directors and strategic partners to drive fiscal growth and support the expansion goals of Create Purpose.

Adam Flores - Growth Officer

Adam sparked the idea in the early Create Purpose team that creating an organization based on the passions of the visionary team was possible. He worked closely with team members to get the core systems and funders in place to launch the organization. He collaborates with the Board of Directors and strategic partners to drive fiscal growth and support the expansion goals of Create Purpose.

Adam Flores - Development Officer

 Diego Campos - Blockchain Officer

Diego Campos - Blockchain Officer

 Domingo Silvas - Development Officer  Domingo brings his success in guiding startups into the social sector. He helps develop strategies for the long-term sustainability of the organization and ensures near-term tactics are aligned with the sustainable vision.

Domingo Silvas - Development Officer

Domingo brings his success in guiding startups into the social sector. He helps develop strategies for the long-term sustainability of the organization and ensures near-term tactics are aligned with the sustainable vision.

Domingo Silvas - Development Officer

 Edith Soria - Program Assistant

Edith Soria - Program Assistant

 Tom Wong - Research Officer  Tom works on data analysis for political campaigns and social injustices. He brings his expertise to help design quantitative assessments that establish benchmarks and demonstrate the impact of Create Purpose programs on abandoned children.

Tom Wong - Research Officer

Tom works on data analysis for political campaigns and social injustices. He brings his expertise to help design quantitative assessments that establish benchmarks and demonstrate the impact of Create Purpose programs on abandoned children.

Tom Wong - Director of Research

 Rachel Christensen - Social Sustainability Officer  With experience working in the San Diego/Tijuana mega-region, Rachael brings her expertise in Social Entrepreneurship to Create Purpose. Her experience bringing sustainable solutions to at-risk communities that give them a hand up rather than a hand out aligns perfectly with our vision to give children the tools in life to thrive.

Rachel Christensen - Social Sustainability Officer

With experience working in the San Diego/Tijuana mega-region, Rachael brings her expertise in Social Entrepreneurship to Create Purpose. Her experience bringing sustainable solutions to at-risk communities that give them a hand up rather than a hand out aligns perfectly with our vision to give children the tools in life to thrive.

Rachel Christensen - Social Innovation Officer 

Our Founding Story

 

CREATE PURPOSE BEGAN IN NOVEMBER 2014 WITH THE PURPOSE OF CREATING A PILOT PROGRAM TO OFFER ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN LIVING IN CENTERS A VALUABLE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM. OUR FOUNDER, NICHOLAS SANDOVAL, HAD BEEN VISITING CENTERS AND DONATING TIME AND MONEY FOR NEARLY A DECADE. OVER THE YEARS HE SAW THAT SOMETHING WAS MISSING - THE COMMITMENT TO THE CHILDREN WAS MINIMAL AND SPORADIC AND THERE WAS A NEED FOR MORE SUSTAINABLE PROGRAMS THAT SUPPORT THE CHILDREN’S NEED FOR A PRACTICAL EDUCATION AND HELP THEM THRIVE IN THE REAL WORLD. WITH THAT IDEA IN MIND, NICHOLAS TEAMED UP WITH LOCAL DO-GOODERS, ACADEMICS AND ORGANIZATIONS TO CREATE AN EDUCATIONAL AND NURTURING PROGRAM WITH A WORLDLY PERSPECTIVE THAT SERVES CHILDREN AND THE COMMUNITY. 

 

 

Education Partners

 
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Resource Partners

 
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Program Partners

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