Jean-Luc Krieg, MBA/MDiv, born and raised in Ivory Coast, West Africa, and of Swiss-German descent, is executive director of Transformación Urbana Internacional A.C. Previously he was Latin America Field Director for Geneva Global Inc., a Pennsylvania-based philanthropy investment firm. In this role, Krieg supervised a research team and consulted dozens of non-profit organizations in Latin America & the Caribbean, Africa and Asia in the design of local development and entrepreneurial strategies that produced significant economic, social, and environmental returns. In particular, he helped design, secure funding and coordinate an anti-human trafficking intervention in Ecuador in partnership with a significant multilateral investor and in support of 24 local organizations. Jean-Luc holds both an MBA in International Economic Development and a Masters of Divinity degree from U.S. Schools and is an ordained minister. Jean-Luc has had an interest to work among Mexico City’s urban poor since April 1991. He twice lived in Mexico—in 1993 and 1995/96—before finally returning to Mexico in 2005 to pursue the vision of starting Transformación Urbana Internacional. Krieg has traveled to close to 50 countries and enjoys bridging worlds.
Lic. Oscar Ruben García Reyes, born and raised in Mexico City, is Transformación Urbana Internacional’s manager for strategic alliances. For the past 13 years Oscar has worked as project manager with different Non-Governmental Organizations. In these roles he contributed to the anti-trafficking and child prostitution prevention program of Fundación Casa Alianza, worked as organizational consultant to numerous non-profit organizations and managed the community development operations of AMEXTRA in the eastern zone of Mexico City, impacting 3,000 urban poor families as a result. During his time with AMEXTRA Reyes also helped found a new non-profit organization which propelled a citizen movement in that zone, while working with local churches, training pastors and community leaders in project development. In turn, these churches and community leaders impacted several thousand people through different community improvement initiatives. Oscar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the Mexico-City based Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia (ENAH) with a specialization in the ‘anthropology of poverty’. Also, he has studied in the subject of community development with organizations like JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), Fundación Merced, Tearfund (English organization) and INDESOL.
Lic. Shabrae Jackson Krieg, born and raised in Michigan (USA), is Transformación Urbana Internacional’s operations manager. She took on that role after successfully establishing and growing the organization’s ACJU youth initiative. Previously Shabrae worked in various roles with Mission Year, a U.S.-based urban ministry that works with local churches and equips emerging leaders. Her last role with Mission Year was as City Director for Philadelphia for a pilot project with inner city’s young adults. Before that she was youth director for Woodland Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Shabrae holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Anderson University in Indiana. She has received additional training through Bethany Christian Services, Urban Young Life and The DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative for Youth Workers.
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