As an American-born self-identified global citizen, Ande is passionate about working to realize a world in which all people’s dignity and human rights are celebrated, including their right to move.
Prior to relocating to California and joining Pangea, Ande lived and worked in Mexico for three years. He studied Spanish at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM) while working with Asistencia Legal por los Derechos Humanos (ASILEGAL), where Ande helped develop a human rights promoters training for LGBTI youth in Mexico City. In addition, he worked as a part-time translator and English teacher. Ande continued his advocacy work as the Social Media Coordinator with Fundación Arcoíris and the International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans & Intersex Association, where he organized the ILGA World Conference in Mexico City in 2014. Ande also previously worked in communications and events planning with the Organization for Refugee, Asylum and Migration.
In college, Ande created an organization, Ally Outreach Council, to encourage allies to push for greater inclusivity of LGBTI students. His studies concentrated on the effects of changing conceptions of sexuality & gender on identity construction and subsequently community development. Ande studied abroad in Mexico and Morocco, and in this context, developed theories on the evolution of identity and community on the basis of intercultural exchanges and their impact on the socio-political level through sustained social movements.
Ande graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in History & Religion and in International Affairs.
Ande speaks English and Spanish.