Leadership Team

We have a talented, diverse and dynamic leadership team committed to the mission. We truly love the little ones and count ourselves fortunate to be in this position of service.

Carlos Ortega
President
Carlos Ortega is a Christian, husband, father, and businessman. Born in the Philippines, raised in the US, Carlos was heavily influenced by his mother who lived a life of service founding two non-profits while opening her home to countless people in need. Carlos discovered his aptitude in software engineering while developing video games during his tween years. He would later briefly abandon high school to sneak into computer courses at the local college. After his mom dealt him a severe beat down, he finished high school, earned his degree, and began a career at Intel before establishing his own IT consulting firm in 1995. In 2016, with the help of many others, Carlos founded Prosperas International — a humanitarian NGO.
Leni Lacson
Vice President
With 30 years of experience in social work and community service, Leni is seasoned in non-profit management, fundraising and grant acquisition. She founded and operated Sandigan, California, a non profit (501(c)3) community-based organization targeting new immigrants, the poor and the homeless .Sandigan received grants from the the State of California and from other private foundations in order to offer a variety of services. Leni received her bachelor's degree from the University of Nevada, Reno and dual Masters Degrees in Social Work (MSW) in the field of poverty and Minorities and another in Public Administration (MPA) from California State University, Sacramento. Leni is the mother of four grown children who are accomplished in their own fields of their choice and have grown to be God-fearing and exemplary citizens.
Sarah Lawrence
Director of Development
Sarah Lawrence comes to Prosperas International with a passion for service and a truly interesting and varied background. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies in 2010, Sarah worked in International Development where, among other things, she led the on-the-ground efforts to rethink health care delivery in East Timor, and worked on the “Winning the Hearts and Minds” campaign in Afghanistan. In 2012, she moved to South Africa to practice as an emergency medic. During this time she met a handsome South African in a boxing gym in Cape Town. After realizing she was a “knockout”, he asked her to marry him. She and Dwight now live in Berkeley, California with their beautiful daughter Harper Rose, and she will be starting medical school in August.
Camilla Salem
Director of Communications
Camilla Salem brings 8 years of blogging experience and content creation to Prosperas International. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies in 2009, Camilla worked as a professional blogger, photographer, and writer for magazines and websites such as San Francisco Magazine and Popsugar Food. In her spare time, she developed her passion for organic farming and science. Camilla is married to a Slovenian olympic swimmer and currently lives in rural Slovenia on a small farm. She is currently preparing for medical school in addition to spending a great deal of time rescuing too many stray cats and growing food. She aims to begin medical school in 2017, but until then, is thrilled to put her many years of social media and organic gardening experience to good use.
Dwight Lawrence
Project Manager
Having experienced extreme poverty growing up in the Cape Flats in South Africa, Dwight Lawrence knows firsthand the challenges presented by inadequate nutrition in childhood. This experience motivated him to join Prosperas International to work towards ensuring that other children do not see the same struggles he did. After earning a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Information Systems from the University of the Western Cape, Dwight worked for Chevron in Project Management and Logistics in both Cape Town and the San Francisco Bay Area. He is currently a Project Manager at FICO where he manages numerous international projects. Dwight, his better half Sarah, and their daughter Harper live in Berkeley, California, where they love to pursue physically challenging hobbies and pastimes (that also allow jogging strollers, diaper changes, and feeding breaks).
Edina Murphy
Editor
Despite growing up in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Bosnian War and experiencing the worst of human nature, Edina Murphy remains an eternal optimist who is desperate to give back to the world in a positive way. Edina is excited and motivated by Prosperas’ commitment to empowering people and their communities. She is hoping to make use of either her IT consulting experience, Costco bakery experience or Political Science degree to help Prosperas achieve their goals (or to at least make some delicious cookies for her hard-working teammates). She lives in the Bay Area with her token British husband and the softest and sweetest 15-pound cat the world has seen.

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