Our Team | Nuestro Equipo

Meet the people who bring you Hola Cultura!

artoHcpic2SMAlberto Roblest
Co-Founder + Executive Director 
Alberto is an award-winning digital artist, poet and veteran educator. He is Hola Cultura’s artistic director and editor-in-chief. As such, he directs Hola Cultura’s original web-documentary series, and edits and mentors Hola Cultura’s Spanish-language contributors. He has produced dozens of video poems, experimental shorts and digital installations exhibited in museums, galleries, public spaces, and at festivals around the world with support from institutions including D.C. Commission for the Arts and Humanities, Humanities D.C., and Mexico’s FONCA (Fundo Nacional de Cultura y Artes).  He is also an accomplished writer, whose poetry and prose have appeared in newspapers and literary journals. He has taught undergraduates at George Washington University, Washington’s Catholic University of America, Emerson College in Boston, and the Mexican National Autonomous University in Mexico City, and has led numerous workshops in video production. More info.


Tina_dfChristine MacDonald
Co-Founder + Board President

Christine co-founded Hola Cultura with Alberto Roblest in 2011. Currently, she serves as president of Hola Cultura’s board of directors and as its Managing Director. She also mentors and edits the work of Hola Cultura’s English-language contributors. In addition to her volunteer work for Hola Cultura, Christine is an award-winning investigative journalist and the author of the 2008 book, “Green, Inc.” Her articles have been published widely—from Alternet.org to the Washington Post. A veteran reporter, she spent six years as a freelance foreign correspondent in Mexico writing for Dallas Morning News. She spent a decade covering local and national news for her hometown newspaper, the Boston Globe, before moving to Washington D.C. in the mid-2000s.  She is a Schell Reporting Fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute and a 2017 D.C. Commission for the Arts and Humanities Fellow.


Angélica V. Marrero, Volunteer Coordinator

Angélica Marrero has been Hola Cultura’s Volunteer Coordinator since September 2016. She is in charge of receiving applications, coordinating interviews, reaching out to universities and recruiting interns for various functions within Hola Cultura. She has a Masters Degree in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelors degree in Economics with a minor in Cooperative Movement Studies from the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras. She is an economist for the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the USDA and has been working there since January 2015. In her free time, Angélica enjoys reading, good wine, learning and exploring DC.


DMartinezDaniel Martinez, Multimedia Volunteer

Daniel is an aspiring multimedia photojournalist. Born in Bogota, Colombia, he has been living in Gaithersburg for the last 15 years. He is passionate about food, movies, music and helping others. He is known for using his creative skills while applying his personal style to create powerful stories.



EstefaniFEstefani Flores, Volunteer + Writer
Estefani joined Hola Cultura’s team as a Latino Arts and Culture Writer in March 2016. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish and currently works in the non-profit sector. As her Spanish major in college, she was able to take courses in Latino Studies, Latin American Literature, and Latin American and Spanish cinema. She loves attending cultural events and watching plays and foreign films. She has a passion for culture and is a member of a Salvadoran dance group that seeks to promote and preserve Salvadoran culture through dance. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, photography, food, and travel.


Herbert_croppedHerbert Ramirez, Volunteer
Herbert is a talented photographer with strong communication skills in English, Spanish, and his mother’s native Ixil Mayan language. He started working with Hola Cultura during summer 2015, making a series of photo portraits that helped document our special research project on affordable housing and the impact of changing city demographics on D.C.’s Latino community. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson Senior High School in Northwest D.C. in 2010 and currently works full time while studying psychology at UDC Community College in Northeast Washington.


Kayla Chen, Volunteer + Copy Editor
Kayla is a researcher at a consulting firm in Washington, D.C. She received her Master’s degree in International Relations from the Barcelona Institute of International Studies. Previously, she worked for the U.S. State Department, and in the fields of international education, and public relations and communications. Fluent in Spanish and proficient in Mandarin Chinese, Kayla has also spent significant time traveling and working in Latin America, particularly Argentina. Kayla joined Hola Cultura in March 2017 as a copy editor, given her interest and strength in writing and editing in both Spanish and English.


LuciaJimenezLucia Jimenez, Communications Assistant + Writer
Lucia began interning with Hola Cultura in January 2015 during her freshman year and quickly made herself a valuable member of our team by writing articles for our website and helping out with event planning, grants management, translations, and other tasks. Because of her successful experience as an intern, the versatile Lucia was promoted to volunteer status and has served as our communications assistant since 2016, supporting Hola Cultura’s work both on nonprofit administration and editorial fronts. She is double majoring in International Relations and Foreign Language and Communications Media at American University in D.C. and hopes to learn more about the non-profit world as well as D.C.’s investigative journalism circle. In her free time she loves watching Crash Course videos, TED talks or stand up comedy, reading articles about astronomy or paleontology (for no known reason) and asking strangers in the park if she can pet their dogs.


RomanSRoman A. Santillan, Board Member, Volunteer + Writer
Roman has contributed articles to Hola Cultura on film, theater, music , opera, and visual arts. He has taught college-level Spanish and Latin American literature in Ohio, New York City , and Washington D.C. He has been a librarian in public and academic libraries in New York City, the District of Columbia and Maryland. He studied archeology at the University of Yucatan, Mexico, and received a Masters in Spanish from the University of Ohio, as well as a MLIS at Rutgers University, and doctoral studies at Graduate Center, City University of New York. He has published essays, short stories, articles in encyclopedias in English and Spanish focused academic librarianship, history and literature of Latin America and Spanish.


Yolanda Alcorta, Special Advisor
Yolanda has nearly forty years of experience in the museum, educational, and non-profit sectors. She is the founder of Alcorta Connections, a bilingual consulting firm to the non-profit community specializing in arts and cultural issues. She sits on Humanties DC’s board of directors, currently serving as secretary. She founded the Latino cultural organization, Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas, in Philadelphia in 1991, and served as the nonprofit organization’s executive director. Ms. Alcorta received a B.A. in Biology from Russell Sage College, an M.A. in Teaching-Museum Education from George Washington University, and an M.S. in Biology from The University of Michigan.