Obed Arango

Executive Director


Obed Arango Hisijara is a Mexican photographer, visual artist, communicator, journalist, university professor, and media producer. He holds an MA in Cultural Anthropology and a BA in Communications. His area of expertise is Latin America: a beautiful land full of life, promise, and beautiful people, whose essence he sees, captures, and shares through the depth of his voice and the artistic expression of his photojournalistic pieces.

Holly Link, PhD

Director of Educational Programs and Research


A former bilingual teacher, she is also an educational consultant in the fields of English as a Second Language and Dual-Language Education. At CCATE, she is developing a participatory research center for young people and adults through which they can promote social transformation and inform public policy. Her research on Latinx students and schooling has been published in the Harvard Educational Review, the American Educational Research Journal, and the Journal of Latinos and Education.


Charlotte Stone

Program Operations Manager


Charlotte graduated from West Chester University in 2019 with a BA in political science and minors in Women and Gender Studies and Spanish. Since 2015, she has volunteered at CCATE helping with the after school program, facilitating the 5th and 6th grade girls’ empowerment group, and working with the Students Today, Leaders Tomorrow high school program. She believes that community-led programs are key to social transformation and her work with CCATE has been essential in creating this framework.

Caitlin Brady

Manager of Outreach & After School Education

Caitlin Brady is an educator, artist, and environmental justice advocate. She connected with CCATE in the autumn of 2016 when she began volunteering as a co-teacher of gardening and environmental education. Caitlin earned a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University and Millersville University and studied abroad at the Institute of MesoAmerican Permaculture where she pursued interdisciplinary studies in environmental science, agriculture, conservation, romance languages, art, literature, history, and more. She is honored to join the staff in 2021 and to be a part of growing the dreams of the CCATE community.


Melissa Ortiz

Manager of Youth Leadership & Research

Melissa earned her B.A. in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University and her M.S. in Education, graduating with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. She has ten years’ experience working in research and administration in several nonprofits and higher education institutions. Since 2019, she has volunteered at CCATE supporting the Students Today, Leaders Tomorrow high school program. She is excited to expand her role in youth development and participatory action research at CCATE. As the oldest daughter of Ecuadorian immigrants, she is passionate about working with Latinx youth and their families on community-led research projects as a pathway towards social transformation. She likes to study ballet, bike ride, and read in her free time.