David Araya is the Co-founder, President and CEO of HoPe (Hispanic Organization Promoting Education), Inc. Born in Costa Rica, David immigrated to the US at the young age of 5. Immersed and personally impacted by the day to day struggles of immigrant youth in America, David co-founded HoPe at the age of 18 to provide his peers a pathway to-and-through high school and college. Within 9 years, HoPe has expanded its youth leadership development and educational attainment programming to 52 high school in Georgia reaching over 4000 families yearly and achieving a 100% high school graduation rate. David has been recognized by the White House for the work HoPe has achieved in Georgia, and travels the country speaking into the power of youth development, leadership and social entrepreneurship, and educational attainment. David is a Praxis Nonprofit Fellow Alumni, LEAD Atlanta Alumni, and currently sits on the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Advisory Board and the Emory Goizueta Foundation Grant Advisory Board. David's priorities in life are faith, family, and service, and his greatest joys are his wife and daughter.
Angela Hurtado is the Vice President and Co-Founder of HoPe. Angela is a social entrepreneur, community leader and motivational speaker. Born in Colombia, Angela is determined to positively impact the lives of others. Angela knows firsthand the struggles many students face to graduate high school and go to college, and strives each day to help students reach their goals. Angela earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Georgia Gwinnett College. Angela loves God, her husband and family and being engaged with her community. She is a self-proclaimed foodie and strives to be the change she wishes to see in the world.
HoPe enables students in high school to have the necessary resources and opportunities available to apply for college, obtain scholarships and be community leaders in the process. Founded in 2009 with one school and 20 members, HoPe has grown to 52 high schools in 21 school districts with over 3,700 members. Their innovation, uniqueness and culture have transformed what it means to be a Hispanic student in Georgia. HoPe’s programming has revolutionized extra-curricular activities and has reached a 100% graduation rate among their students.