Meet Our Staff
Anna Smith, Director
Director, Anna Smith, was born and raised in south Bethlehem, and began as Director in 2016. Prior to arriving at CADCB, Ms. Smith served as a Planner for several CACLV programs, including the Community Action Development Corporation of Allentown and Community Action Financial Services. Ms. Smith spent four years working in adult education and international student exchange in Chile, where she was recognized as one of the top ten instructors at the technical-professional university DuocUC. She has an M.S.Ed. in Education, Culture, and Society from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of Tufts University with a B.A. in Economics, American Studies, and Spanish. Ms. Smith worked extensively with non-profit organizations in Somerville, Massachusetts as a client advocate and community organizer, and has conducted community-based research on the economic, social, and cultural roles of immigrant-owner small businesses, as well as effective university-community engagement in low-income communities. Ms. Smith is fluent in Spanish.
Yadira Colon-Lopez, Housing and Marketing Coordinator
Housing and Marketing Coordinator, Yadira Colon-Lopez, worked with CACLV as an administrator beginning in March 2011 before accepting a position at CADCB. Ms. Colon-Lopez has an extensive administrative background that includes responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the front office and managing the agency’s social media presence. Ms. Colon-Lopez worked previously as a paralegal and administrator in two law offices and developed and implemented two youth mentoring programs for inner-city teens (that included sporting events and life skills training) in Brooklyn, New York. Ms. Colon-Lopez is fluent in Spanish and is currently pursuing a B.A. in Psychology.
Juliana Bolivar, Business Development Coordinator
The Business Development Coordinator, Juliana Bolivar, has five years of experience working with entrepreneurs. Ms. Bolivar started her career in Colombia and moved to the USA to finish her education. She graduated from Northampton Community College as a member of the honor society Phi Theta Kappa in Business Management, and from Moravian College with honors in International Management. Prior to arriving at CADCB, Ms. Bolivar worked with small businesses in South Bethlehem and Lehigh Valley providing one to one technical assistance. She also has been consultant for businesses in Colombia, and during this time she volunteered as a program developer and outreach coordinator for a non-profit organization helping to empower young woman living in high-risk populations through entrepreneurship. Ms. Bolivar is fluent in Spanish.
Estefania Perdomo, Outreach and Office Coordinator
The Office and Outreach Coordinator, Estefania Perdomo, gained experience working with entrepreneurs as an intern at The Rising Tide Community Loan Fund and Lehigh University’s Baker Institute. She is a graduate of Lehigh University with a Bachelor’s degree of Global Studies and Mandarin Chinese. Ms. Perdomo is also a graduate of the Start Your Business class, where she gained further understanding of the difficulties that entrepreneurs encounter and the way that supportive communities can help to overcome those obstacles. Ms. Perdomo has lived in south Bethlehem for more than five years, which has allowed her to be involved in the local community. She is an active volunteer for a Girl Scouts troop, her church, and Hogar Crea. Her passions include urban gardening, nutrition education, and community empowerment. Ms. Perdomo is fluent in Spanish.
Kavei Murangi, Community Fellow
Lehigh University Community Fellow, Kavei Murangi, was born and raised in Namibia, Southern Africa and migrated to the US 15 years ago. Kavei is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree at Lehigh in Policy and Politics. Kavei received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from St. Mary’s College in Maryland, where she graduated cum laude, with a minor in African Studies. Post-graduation, Kavei spent seven years in the banking and finance industry, where she gained extensive experience working to extend financial literacy to entrepreneurs and low-income families in the DMV area. After a few years in banking, Kavei realized the need to blend the not-for-profit world with for-profit and worked with local NGOs in the DC and Maryland area to give back and help marginalized communities. As a Fellow, Kavei is focusing on housing in South Bethlehem, gathering both quantitative and qualitative data in order to paint an accurate picture of the housing challenges and assets in South Bethlehem. At the end of the yearlong project, she will generate a report that outlines recommendations for policy and advocacy strategies.
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