Staff & Collaborators
Daniela Di Piero
Movimiento’s Founder and Executive Director, Daniela has taught in public schools, women’s prisons, juvenile detention centers, charter schools, grassroots community organizations, and nonprofits. She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Brown University, a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Meridian University, and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her private therapy practice is Growing Home Counseling. Daniela is also an artist and craftswoman, working with clay, printmaking, and ancestral crafts such as moccasin-making and felting.
Rob is a Movi trip leader and Program Coordinator, as well as founder of Crows Calling, an initiative for teens and adults focusing on immersion experiences, rites of passage, and wilderness therapy. Rob co-founded San Luis Obispo Sober School, a high school for teens self-identified as struggling with drug/alcohol addiction. He holds a B.S. and Secondary Teaching Credential from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Meridian University. He is a speaker and consultant in the areas of adolescent addiction and youth mentoring and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
Lyla assisted Movimiento with its comprehensive program evaluation and continues to guide and inspire Movimiento programs. Lyla is an artist, researcher, Stanford graduate, musician, spoken word poet, and advocate for indigenous communities.
Movimiento Board of Directors
Former Vice Principal and teacher at our partner Unity High School in East Oakland, Daniel supports Movimiento through youth organizing, trip leadership, outreach, mentorship, and community connections.
Wai is an engineer, artist, jeweler, and businesswoman who brings her planning acumen to Movimiento’s strategic planning and fundraising activities.
Hernaci’ona was a youth participant in Movimiento for eight years and later joined the board to gain experience in organizational leadership. With Movimiento’s help, she graduated from high school and Alameda College. Hernaci’ona traveled to El Salvador with Movimiento and supports the organization through active outreach and peer mentorship.
Ilana is the Newsroom Coordinator for the Global Press Institute, implementing all global systems for GPI reporters, editors, and social media team. She is former US Director of Survival International, an international organization supporting tribal peoples worldwide.
Andrew Saito, Playwright
Andrew has studied, worked and lived in Mexico, Guatemala, Peru and Papua New Guinea, where he was a Fulbright Scholar in Creative Writing in 2012. Prior to that, he was the Arts and Culture Program Fellow at The San Francisco Foundation. Andrew holds an MFA from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, where he received a Kenneth J. Cmiel Human Rights grant to teach playwriting in Mayan communities in Guatemala, and the Richard Maibaum Dramatic Writing Award for his script Dance of Pawns, about the internment of Japanese Peruvians in Texas during World War II. He has collaborated with the Andean theatre company Kusiwasi, and the legendary Peruvian theatre collective Yuyachkani. He has taught creative writing to immigrant and indigenous youth in Guatemala, Papua New Guinea, New Mexico, and California. He previously served on the board of Generando, a battered women’s shelter in Guatemala. Andrew was also the Andrew W. Mellon Resident Playwright at The Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco for several years.
Kahlia Waters, Peace of Earth Gardens
Kahlia is a landscape designer and runs a successful gardening company in the East Bay, helping her clients connect with the land around them through growing food and beauty. She brings dedication, ingenuity, and business acumen to Movimiento’s board work.
“The Movi youth I’ve met have been amazing and totally inspiring. Just knowing Movi exists–let alone my working with Movi–helps me feel hopeful about the future of our world and earth. Every time I think about the things Movi does, I feel inspired to be a part of something this creative, fun, and authentic.”
- Foundation for Youth Investment
- Morgan Family Foundation
- Pettus Foundation
- Rose Foundation
- Rudolf Steiner Foundation
- San Francisco Foundation
- Santa Fe Community Foundation
- Stewardship Council
- Strong Foundation for Environmental Values
- Tides Foundation
- Youth Outside
The Pettus Foundation has funded Movimiento for almost ten years now because of Daniela’s visionary leadership, professional credibility, and personal integrity. She is an inspiring person to the youth who are attracted to Movi’s mission of expanding their horizons, service learning, and cross-cultural fellowship. I commend Daniela and Movi to donors who want to make a difference in the world, providing anything from small seed grants to support funding for this organization that will grow and blossom.
It was great knowing that my money had a catalytic effect. Together with Movimiento, the Foundation for Self Sufficiency and La Coordinadora we tasted the sweetness of transformation: from the tragedy of years of war, extreme poverty and displacement into healing and wisdom for El Salvadorians and Taoseños alike. The change in the young people who traveled from Taos was palpable. They worked hard under strenuous conditions and loved it. Upon their return, the youth described their service expedition to an auditorium full of people (a presentation only 1 or 2 of them could have done successfully before their trip). They spoke with a great sense of pride, a new-found awareness of the plight of others and a commitment of service that was contagious.