Our Team

Juárez & Associates (J&A) is a minority-owned and operated small business providing management consulting services and conducting problem-solving research for public and private sectors around the world. The firm has offices in Los Angeles, California and Washington, DC, with a USAID project office in Guatemala and Malawi, plus representatives in New Delhi, India.

Los Angeles, CA


Nicandro Juárez

Mr Juarez is a Certified Management Consultant, having over 40 years of experience in project direction and management. He received an MA degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and keeps abreast of current trends and events in his fields of expertise. Fluent in Spanish and English, he personally oversees all corporate projects while making himself available to assist with staff support and project implementation at any stage, especially with maintaining close client contact. A long-time member of the Institute of Management Consultants Mr. Juarez is a past president of the Los Angeles chapter.

Director of Contracts & Grants

Danielle Sherrod

Danielle Sherrod’s experience includes work as a U.S. Department of Defense program manager, private sector litigator and corporate attorney practicing finance, employment, public and intellectual property law. During her career, Ms. Sherrod has represented clients from varied industries, including Fortune 500 companies, media and technology startups and government agencies, in a broad array of corporate transactions and litigation matters. Ms. Sherrod earned her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Stanford Law School, a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor’s degree (A.B., Phi Beta Kappa with honors) from Harvard University. She is admitted to the State Bar of California, speaks Spanish and is also a fluent French speaker.

Senior Accountant

Russell Hulse

Mr. Hulse is a professional accountant with a broad range of experience in the field, including financial reporting and analysis, budgeting, income tax preparation, payroll taxes, audit support and payroll. He is knowledgeable of GAAP, financial statements and forecasting. He has worked as a Controller and as a Staff Accountant for various enterprises.

Corporate Secretary & Treasurer

Betty Juárez

Ms. Juárez is a Certified Management Consultant, experienced in business operations including finance and general management. Having received her BA in Political Science and her MBA from UCLA, she has gained experience encompassing much of the spectrum of government contracting, finance and accounting, also project coordination and support, as well as proposal preparation and report writing.

Research Associate

Sara Montolla

Sara Montolla is an experienced researcher who manages marketing efforts, assists in writing proposals, and works with Head Start program directors, school district administrators, principals, childcare center directors, teachers and others to support J&A projects. She works with diverse communities and participants as a bilingual recruiter, trained observer, interviewer and surveyor. She received her MS in Child Development form Loyola University Chicago School of Law and a BA in Liberal Arts: Spanish Literature and Language from Grinnell College.

Research Associate

Claudia Benavides

Ms. Benavides is an experienced bilingual data collector, interviewer and survey administrator, having successfully performed numerous research projects among both children and adults in California and elsewhere. She has been a tutor and has provided on-site/at-home interviewing services in the areas of Education, Labor and Employment, and Testing. She received a BA in Political Science from UCLA and is fully bilingual.

Research Associate

Cynthia Benavides

Cynthia Benavides has been involved in several education and social research projects in Los Angeles and nationally in the past decade. She has extensive experience in data collection, coordinating efforts and project management. She received a BA in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University.

Research Associate

Daysi Analuisa

Daysi is a research assistant, responsible for supporting and coordinating the firm’s various research activities. Daysi received a BA in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles. She has been involved in various research projects throughout the nation in the past years, including recruitment, data collection, data entry, transcription, and report writing. She is fluent in Spanish and English.


Alfredo Angulo

Accounting Associate

Victor Bedoy

Victor is part of the J&A accounting team in Los Angeles, supporting many of the firm’s national and international projects. He received his BS in Applied Mathematics from UCLA. An experienced bilingual educator and field researcher, Victor collaborated with the UCLA Lab School’s instructional team while attaining his degree. Since then, for over five years, he has contributed to multiple educational research projects . He is fluent in Spanish and English.

Accounting Support

Lauisa Salas

Consultant/Senior Research Associate

Regino Chávez

Regino Chávez (MA in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and BA in Sociology from Pitzer College) has over 30 years of experience in the use of quantitative and qualitative methodological strategies to examine service utilization and to explore new product/service development. He has conducted research for policy studies, strategic planning, and the development of promotional campaigns for products and services as well as for social marketing campaigns. He also brings more than 25 years of experience in the development and evaluation of education and health programs.

Senior Research and Evaluation Consultant

Gary Resnick

Dr. Resnick is a nationally recognized expert in child development research, bringing decades of experience at the nexus of child development and program evaluation. He has assessed young children’s school and reading readiness outcomes internationally, especially for children living in disadvantaged communities.


Octavio Pescador

Victor is part of the J&A accounting team in Los Angeles, supporting many of the firm’s national and international projects. He received his BS in Applied Mathematics from UCLA. An experienced bilingual educator and field researcher, Victor collaborated with the UCLA Lab School’s instructional team while attaining his degree. Since then, for over five years, he has contributed to multiple educational research projects . He is fluent in Spanish and English.


Washington DC


Kjell Enge

Dr. Enge received his PhD in Anthropology and his BA in Biology and Chemistry. In his long career, he has provided consulting services all over the world, including many countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. His specializations include monitoring and evaluation, basic education, community health, reproductive health, private-public partnerships in international development, applied anthropology, project design, program evaluation, educational development, medical anthropology, ecological anthropology, agricultural systems, irrigation, rural development, qualitative and quantitative analysis. He speaks fluent Spanish, English and Norwegian, and has a working knowledge of Portuguese, French and Italian.

Consultant, Early Childhood Education, Basic Education

Analice Schwartz

Dr. Schwartz’ research and work experienced has been focused on mechanisms to improve access to quality in basic education, mainly early childhood education policy and programs, teacher training, conditional cash transfers, and education reform in Brazil. Her work has focused on applications to improve reading in early grades, including the preparation of assessment reports and literature reviews. She has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and other institutions. A Brazilian national, she holds an undergraduate degree in Portuguese from UNICAMP, a Master’s degree in General Education from SUNY Albany, a Master’s degree and an EdD degree in Education Policy from George Washington University. Dr. Schwartz is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, English and French.

Director, Business Development and Senior Development Officer

Alex Bonino

Alex Bonino advances J&A’s overall mission through business development and outreach from the Washington DC office. Her work supports equity and delivering on the promise of quality education for all, with a focus on learners with disabilities and inclusive education. Through her work at USAID and the U.S. State Department, she has advised both public and private sector partners on strategic ways to leverage resources and identify innovative new approaches to development using public private partnerships.

Technical Research Associate

Jason Mann

Jason Mann is a development practitioner specializing in Latin America. His work and research has explored school management systems, conditional cash transfers, and STEM education in Latin America, particularly in Mexico and Colombia. Jason has significant field experience, having taught English in Chile and Colombia with the Fulbright US Student Program and conducted evaluations of post-earthquake reconstruction projects in Mexico with the Pan-American Development Foundation. Jason graduated Phi Beta Kappa from James Madison University with a degree in International Affairs and holds a master’s in Global Human Development from Georgetown University with a specialization in Education and Human Capital. Jason is fluent in Spanish and has working knowledge of French.


Guatemala City

Senior Project Director/Chief of Party, USAID LEA

Fernando Rubio


Mr. Rubio has extensive experience in international development, having engaged in such professional activities as educational measurements (standards and testing), monitoring and evaluation, basic education, higher education partnerships, teacher development, assessment of institutional performance, planning and assessment of workforce development, distance learning, educational equity and gender, training and supervision of field research teams, EMIS database design, and social marketing. Currently he is Director of the Guatemala Lifelong Learning Project implemented by J&A in Guatemala. Mr. Rubio received his MA in Psychology from the New York School of Social Research, and a BA in Psychology from the Universidad de Panamá. He also teaches courses in Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation at Del Valle University in Guatemala.

Technical Director, EDUCAMOS

Ana Lucía Morales

Reading Standards and Curriculum Specialist

Sophia Maldonado

Consultant, Reading Assessment, Growth Models

Leslie Rosales

Regional Coordinator, LAC Reads

Juan Luis Córdova


Mr. Córdova has senior level professional experience in strategy design and project management in the education and development sectors. Most of his work has been performed in multicultural settings in the Latin American region. He was the team leader for the Education Department at USAID/Guatemala, where he led the education multiannual strategy, also the design, planning, implementation and evaluation of USAID/Guatemala’s education portfolio. Previously, Mr. Córdova supported the management and supervision of World Bank human development programs in Central America. He received his BA in Economics from Universidad Rafael Landivar in Guatemala, and a Development Studies MA from Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. He is fully fluent in Spanish, English and French.


Consultant, Literacy Specialist

Josefina Vijil

Dr. Vijil is a social scientist, holding a doctorate in Educational Sciences from Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. She has extensive experience in pre-service and in-service teacher training in primary, secondary and higher education, including expertise in early grade literacy, educational materials development, school counseling and educational resource management. She has served as teacher training researcher and academic coordinator at several Central American universities and manager or program director at Central American foundations. She has worked as a consultant for the IDB, FNUAP, the Netherlands Cooperation Service, international NGOs, universities and private sector foundations. She has published academic papers, books, book chapters and articles. She speaks Spanish, French and English.


Senior Research Consultant (South Africa)

Tia Linda Zuze

Dr. Zuze is an Economist who specializes in international monitoring and evaluation methodology design and implementation, including survey research and analysis, instrument design, tablet data collection and analysis (e.g., using Tangerine software), and reportage with data documentation. Her interests include educational equity, youth labor market transitions, school effectiveness, teacher quality and comparative studies in education. She is fluent in English and French. She received her PhD from the University of Cape Town.

Education Specialist (Reading & Disability), REFAM

Betty Wisiki-Kalitera

Finance Manager, REFAM

Anniess Kalumba-Josephat

Project Director/Chief of Party, REFAM

Augustine Kanyendula

Education Specialist (Assessment & Disability), REFAM

Miriam Mhango

Consultant, Reading for All Malawi (REFAM)

Heidi Soule

International education leader with 12 years of education project management experience, including national level Early Grade Reading programming and evaluation experience, founding of two international schools, teacher coaching experience as well as ten years of teaching experience, and certification in Special Education. Heidi has an M.Ed from Harvard.



Regional Program Director

Amit Kumar

Mr. Kumar is a post graduate (MA) in the area of Anthropology, also having a post graduate diploma in Rural Development from Xavier Institute of Social Service in Ranchi, India. Based in New Delhi, he has over 22 years working with national and international donor agencies. On behalf of J&A, he supported the monitoring and evaluation component of USAID’s India REACH project which aimed at reaching and educating vulnerable children; in addition he was part of the team performing a six-country cross-national evaluation of Room to Read libraries which provide educational opportunities for underserved children in Asia and Africa. At present, he is involved in business development in Asia and Africa.

Regional Program Development Director

Arpana Luthra

Ms. Luthra has a post graduate (MSc) degree in Community Resource Management, and she is an Extension graduate of Lady Irwin College, Delhi University, India. She has over 22 years of incremental experience working with national and international donor agencies and is a seasoned trainer. She specializes in conducting training sessions and developing monitoring and evaluation tools. She assisted in monitoring and evaluation of the India REACH project and was also part of the team evaluating Room to Read libraries in six countries of Asia and Africa. In addition she assisted in coordinating an international conference in Uganda on behalf of the Hewlett Foundation’s Quality Education in Developing Countries program. At present, she is involved in business development in Asia and Africa.

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