Culture and External Affairs Team
Pablo Torres was born in Toronto, Canada to Chilean parents. He took a tour of the Toronto High School system as a student, attending three schools in 5 years (High School was 5 years then). He went on to graduate from Ryerson University with a degree in Urban & Regional Planning, with a minor in Public Administration. After working two years for the City of Toronto's Urban Planning Department, he went on take a job in East Harlem as the Assistant District Manager for Manhattan Community Board 11. His time there led him to his work in Educational Equity. He was a founder of a stand alone High School in East Harlem. He comes to MESA in the role of Director of Culture & External Affairs, with a focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and creating partnerships to support current MESA programming and "Grade 13" expansion.
Ms. Soto was born and raised in the Dominican Republic where she attended the University Autonoma of Santo Domingo and received a degree in cinematography. She later moved to the United States and is a resident of Bushwick. Ms. Soto is a fluent Spanish speaker and provides much of MESA’s translation services. She has two sons, Aaron and Steven, who are honorary MESA Warriors.