Myrna Martinez-Nateras

Pan-Valley Institute, American Friends Service Committee

Myrna Martinez Nateras is the Program Director for the Human Migration and Mobility Central Valley Programs of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). In 1998 Myrna joined AFSC to found their Pan Valley Institute (PVI) a new center with the goal of assisting immigrant becoming active players in empowering their communities.
Myrna grew PVI from a one-person operation working from her home, to a real institute with a physical space in Fresno, California and a staff of three, along with a core committee of volunteers from all walks of life. Working through PVI, Myrna’s greatest achievement has been to empower Central Valley’s immigrant community to begin to address their place in society on their own terms. Myrna has worked with a number of groups from many different ethnic communities to help them discover their own gifts and talents which they can share with the wider community.
Myrna has been actively involved in several international UNESCO conferences for the advancement of policies on democracy and civic engagement programs for migrants. She was born in Michoacán, Mexico. She graduated in Philosophy and Sociology from the University of Bucharest, Rumania.

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