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Meet Our Leadership
Dolores Schroeder, Chief Executive Officer
San Antonio, TX
With a family legacy of service to others and a lifelong commitment to social justice, human rights, and advocacy, Dolores K. Schroeder serves as the Chief Executive Officer of RAICES. She has extensive c-suite business and legal experience and has navigated complex projects involving cross-cultural and cross-border issues in the public, private, and non-governmental organization sectors.
Dolores has a distinguished career of leadership roles managing large complex organizations, having formerly served as the operational head of North, Latin and South Americas for a large publicly traded company in roles with responsibility for strategy development and oversight in budgeting, finance, risk management, and operational execution. With extensive experience in for-profit and not-for-profit corporations, Dolores has a strong background in policy development, governance and extensive experience in government contracting. Her proven commitment to ethical principles is supported by her practical processes and outcomes.
As the daughter of a Mexican immigrant and a second-generation Slovak American, her multi- cultural upbringing gave her a strong pride for her ethnicity and heritage, with an appreciation of ethnic, cultural, racial, and religious diversity that is especially important to her.
Dolores served as a member of the RAICES board of directors for two years, including the role of board chair, founding member of the Board Governance Committee, chair of the Compliance Committee, and Member of the Finance and Nominations Committees.
Dolores received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, a Master of Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago School of Social Work, with a concentration in Health Care and a one-year practicum doing child abuse and neglect assessments and investigations at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She received a Juris Doctor from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, and a Master of Natural Resources from Virginia Tech University. She started her career as a medical social worker and attorney in the not-for-profit sector, and has affiliations with Corporate Counsel Women of Color, Lawyers for the Creative Arts and Texas Bar Online Legal Advice Clinic. Dolores is licensed to practice law in Texas and Illinois.
Her international career included working and living in London, UK and Sydney, Australia, and travelling across continents from Latin America to Asia Pacific exploring new cultures and regions.
Mayra Jimenez, Esq., Chief Programs Officer [Interim]
San Antonio, TX
Mayra Jimenez was appointed to the position of Chief Programs Officer at RAICES following a distinguished tenure as Vice President of Legal Services, including affirmative, defensive, and litigation work within Immigration Law. She was formerly the Children’s Program Director at RAICES, running the organization’s largest legal program encompassing legal services for both detained and released unaccompanied children throughout Texas. She has represented children and adults before the Immigration Court, various local county courts, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO).
Mayra received her juris doctorate from St. Mary’s University Law School and attended Baylor University for her undergraduate studies in Business Administration in Economics and International Business. Prior to joining RAICES, she clerked at Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid and Bexar County Courthouse, specializing in family and property law.
Mayra attributes her passion for human rights to her familial roots and professional experience. She is the daughter of immigrants and advocates for justice as an inherent human right that should be awarded to everyone regardless of age, religion, country of origin, sexual orientation, or ability to pay for legal counsel.
Liz Dunn, Chief Operating Officer [Interim]
San Antonio, TX
Before assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer at RAICES, Liz served as the Chief Development Officer for RAICES, joining the organization following the record-breaking $20 million Facebook fundraising campaign at the height of family separation under the “Zero Tolerance” policy. Inspired by the increasing army of voices demanding fair and compassionate treatment of immigrants and refugees, Liz moved to San Antonio, Texas, to build a development department and fundraising infrastructure for RAICES.
Liz brings a career in not-for-profit fundraising, with experience both as a consultant and as an in-house development officer. Most recently as an Executive Director with CCS Fundraising, Liz led client projects including feasibility studies, capital campaigns, and interim management of development operations. Liz has served on the Board for the Forum for Equality Foundation, the 501(c)3 Louisiana affiliate of the Equality Federation, and she currently serves as an Advisory Board member for IssueVoter. Liz has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Louisiana State University (LSU) in Business Management and Public Administration. She is passionate about building high-performing teams driven by mission and purpose.
In her free time, Liz enjoys biking along the San Antonio river and spending time with her 13-year-old dachshund-son Oskar.
Brendan Colthurst, Chief Technology Officer
Los Angeles, CA
Brendan is a graduate of Columbia in New York City and has worked for a number of digital agencies including Organic Inc. and VSA Partners. Brendan was the CTO and technical co-founder of Wine Direct, a SaaS e-commerce and logistics business, and the managing partner of Disposable Television, a digital video production company.
Michelle Garza, Chief Legal Programs Officer
Michelle Garza has worked at RAICES since 2010. As a staff attorney at RAICES, Michelle’s practice was divided between the Children’s Program and direct representation of unaccompanied minors, as well as some affirmative practice before the United States Citizenship and Immigrant Services. She became Director of RAICES Children’s Program in December of 2012 and Associate Executive Director in 2015. Before joining RAICES, Michelle obtained her B.A from the University of Texas at Austin in Mexican American Studies with a focus on Public Policy and received a J.D from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2010.