Elmer Romero

Later he worked at CASA de Maryland as Director of the Department of Education and Leadership from 2001 to February 2008. Under his direction at CASA, he developed a programmatic and curricular proposal and several educational materials in the areas of immigration, advocacy, lobbying, and community organizing, leadership, ESOL (English Speakers of Other Language) for day laborers, economic and financial literacy, technological and digital literacy and Spanish literacy.is an educator, journalist and, popular communicator. He also has extensive knowledge in the field of immigration, religion, documentary photography and photojournalism.

He is originally from El Salvador, worked for 15 years as Director of Publications of the Asociación Maíz, El Salvador, a non-profit educational organization with extensive experience in the following topics: historical memory, El Salvador history, education in gender, popular education, and education in ecology.

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Since 2000 he has been living and working in the United States with community organizations to support immigrants and refugees. His first work contribution in the United States was developed at the Central American Resource Center – CARECEN in the organizational field of tenant associations in Washington DC.

 

Later he worked at CASA de Maryland as Director of the Department of Education and Leadership from 2001 to February 2008. Under his direction at CASA, he developed a programmatic and curricular proposal and several educational materials in the areas of immigration, advocacy, lobbying, and community organizing, leadership, ESOL (English Speakers of Other Language) for day laborers, economic and financial literacy, technological and digital literacy and Spanish literacy. His work at CASA de Maryland was instrumental in building alliances and coalitions to successfully pass bills for the benefit of immigrants in the state of Maryland.

In 2007 he moved to live and work in the city of Houston and the state of Texas. For 7 years he was the Adult Education Program Manager at Baker Ripley (previously Neighborhood Centers Inc.) one of the agencies with more than 100 years of history and community development working with migrant populations and refugees using the appreciative inquiry model.

 

Romero served as the Adult Education Programs Manager for the Houston Center for Literacy, an organization established in 1984 by the Mayor and Council of the City of Houston to coordinate and advocate for literacy training in the city. His work focused on implementing programs and training opportunities certified in conjunction with community colleges for migrant and refugee populations with low levels of education and low -income resources.

He serves as pro-bono Literacy Ambassador Abroad (MINED- Minister of Education in El Salvador), Cristosal Foundation Board Member, Immigrant Defense Committee Member at United We Dream, Committee Advisory and Pro TPS (Temporary Protected Status) Campaign at CRECEN nonprofit CBO in Houston.

Romero is currently working as Popular Education Coordinator for the National Day Laborers Network- NDLON developing educational materials and training in the areas of health and safety at work, COVID-19 educational campaign, and racial justice and racism. Additionally, he provides support educational and organizational to the National TPS Alliance.