Our Team

Travel • Learn • Empower


About Our Team

Our organization is supported by an incredible team of people from around the world that are dedicated to supporting community development through responsible microfinance, education, and sustainable tourism.

Our accomplishments are thanks to the hard work, dedication, commitment, and service from our supporters, friends, volunteers, staff and the women in our program.

Carlos Hernandez Topete


Founder, Director

Carlos, a local Oaxaqueño, is committed to sharing the beautiful, culturally rich and diverse state of Oaxaca. After receiving his MBA from Boston University, Carlos worked for a few years in Mexico City before returning to his roots in Oaxaca. In addition to founding Fundación En Vía in 2010, Carlos is the co-director of the Instituto Cultural Oaxaca. Carlo's connection to Oaxaca and his background in business have led En Vía to unimaginable success. Our weekly community meetings are one of his favorite days of his week – giving him a chance to escape from the city, and catch-up with the women in the program.

Emily Berens



Emily worked for ten years fighting for environmental protection and human rights in the US before moving to Oaxaca to help Carlos turn this seed of an idea into reality. She immediately fell in love with Oaxaca, and with the potential of En Vía and the communities we serve; and spent the next 3 years working to make the vision succeed. Emily brought her expertise in management and recruitment to help the organization grow, and she is incredibly grateful to the borrowers, staff, tour alumni, and volunteers for their work in helping En Vía take even bigger steps since then.

Marianna De Liseo


Program Manager

Marianna is from Australia and has been working and volunteering in education, community and youth participation programs in Mexico for three years. Marianna studied International Relations and Spanish at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom, where her interests in indigenous Latin American cultures and the study of gender and development grew. She shares with her En Vía team members a belief in women as important facilitators of community-driven participation and social change and is delighted to be able to contribute to projects for their empowerment.

Eugenia Ricárdez Manzo


Educational Program Coordinator

Eugenia is a young Oaxacan businesswoman who started her first successful micro-business aged six. While studying International Relations and Sustainable Tourism in Monterrey she got involved in human rights projects with Amnesty International Mexico. In 2010 she visited India through a scholarship with Mahindra United World College, gaining insight into diverse sustainable tourism, development and microfinance projects that were positively impacting local communities. Eugenia returned to Oaxaca determined to support her community and share her passion for business; through En Vía she aims to empower women to succeed in their micro-businesses for the well-being of their families and communities.

Mica Miro


Responsible Tourism Program Manager

Mica hails from the San Francisco Bay Area where she worked as a teacher and project manager for non-profits focused on art and education. She took her first ever En Vía tour in 2009. It was an inspiring experience that stuck with her and brought her back to Oaxaca five years later. She joined our team as a volunteer in October of 2014. Mica loves getting to know the borrowers in our program and is excited to facilitate opportunities for people from all walks of life to connect across cultural and economic divides. Micas first passions in life were dance and theater. She is thrilled to be living in Oaxaca and soaking up traditional and contemporary culture of all sorts.

Itha-Ií Manuel Ortíz


Administrative Coordinator

Itha-Ií is from Oaxaca, she studied International Relations in Puebla and she has worked in the area of responsible tourism in hotels in the Riviera Maya and in the certification program of the Rainforest Alliance Mexico. She is interested in the work of nonprofit organizations in Oaxaca and their impact on the resolution of priority problems for the state. Itha-Ií has been working with En Vía as the Administrative Coordinator since September 2014. She loves the opportunity that En Vía gives her to be in touch with such motivated and resourceful women.