People

Meet the Founder

Dr. JuanCarlos Arauz
When people ask what I do, I say “hopefully inspire and motivate” and when they ask how I say “by finding the brilliance in students”
Amidst a thousand maybe’s & million no’s I have encountered, I believe in the power of the profound possibility of YES! 
In 2008, I began E3 with the audacity to change our educational system in finding the brilliance in students and the naivete that I could be one of the people to make this happen. 
With a new vision to reach 3 billion students, I have moved away from the day to day operations of the organization and instead serve as the founder supporting the larger E3 community circle of leaders who are growing this organization every single day across the globe. Below you will find the E3 community who will implement the audacious vision of catapulting the brilliance of every student!
 
 

Dr. JuanCarlos Arauz is one of the most sought-after speaker and facilitator, inspiring and captivating audiences internationally through his creative storytelling approach. He has mastered the art of addressing the delicate topics of 21st century education, equity, immigration, and Black/Brown male youth development. He has written academically on the intersection of Social Emotional Learning & Equity as well as personal testimonials and is featured in a documentary that focuses on contemporary civil rights activists. His fresh and compelling vision cultivates collaboration between various sectors, providing solutions to humanize the educational process for everyone. “We cannot have educational excellence without equity.” (www.youtube.com/user/e3education)

 

Dr. Arauz received his B.A. and M.A. in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida.  He received his Ed.D. in International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco.  His dissertation focused on the racial identity development of undocumented youth. His belief that we cannot have educational excellence without equity led him to found the nonprofit, E3: Education, Excellence & Equity, where he serves as the founder and has reached 20 states & 6 countries. In addition, he has been an adjunct professor at Dominican University and has served as a trustee for several independent schools and educational organizations. His work speaks for itself.

 

Fun facts are that JuanCarlos is a proud member of a family that includes his partner, a woman of grace, and have extended their family to include 29 children (there’s a story!). He was born in Brazil to Nicaraguan parents living in 6 different U.S. states & countries by age 21. He taught in the classroom and coached men and women state high school basketball championship teams of which he is inducted into the Hall of Fame.

 

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E3 Circles of Strength

In the fall of 2018, E3 convened a select group of members from the E3 community from across the globe to address the vision of reaching three billion students! We quickly realized that the focus of the organization needs to be on the ongoing refinement of the E3 signature tools and trainings. As a result, E3 has identified a structure to organize roles in our E3 community. We have identified three circles:  Wisdom Circle (day to day operations), Warrior Circle (facilitator trainers) & Healing Circle (thought partners to keep the E3 integrity intact). These circles are not physical spaces, but collections of individuals with a shared intent to support E3’s vision as it represents the multidimensionality of E3. Each circle has a specific purpose and focus area, is driven by the community’s strengths, and each circle supports the other circles which collectively support E3. These circles are not mutually exclusive.

 

Wisdom Circle - E3 Operations

The wisdom circle is comprised of those whose energy is focused on E3’s growth and success as an organization. They are maintaining the E3’s internal operations and ensuring alignment between our organizational values and our programmatic efforts. They are responsible for the planning of E3 events, engaging in strategic planning, improving organizational and business operations, and finding opportunities to intersect E3 tools with other organizations.

Aiyana Sol Machado

Aiyana Sol Machado is a multi-talented, multi-cultural visionary dedicated to the liberation and healing of people and communities for nearly 20 years. She is an organizer, artist, scholar-activist, researcher, mother, partner, sister, daughter, community member, birthworker and lover of life!

Aiyana Sol began as an inner city dance instructor on the East Coast and in the Twin Cities, modeling and encouraging the use of the arts for liberation and activism. She studied Social Science at Metropolitan State University while also grant-writing, directing, and assessing youth programs in the Twin Cities. She has managed political campaigns and served as a board member for non-profit organizations. Aiyana Sol inspires integrity in diversity and positive educational outcomes through evidence-based approaches in youth, human, and program development.

As a Boricua of Caribbean diaspora heritage and trained dancer-choreographer, Aiyana Sol explores the organic historical convergence of the Indigenous Taino, African, and Spanish of Boriken (Puerto Rico). Currently she is the Partner and Community Liaison of John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary, founder of Karaya Guey, and a Collective artist member of Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center.


 

Ricardo Islas

Ricardo Islas has always been a leader in his community, family and organizations that he was part of. As a founding member of the Latinos Student Union at the College of Marin, he developed an inclusive student culture in a commuter college and become the largest club on campus. As a result, he developed fundraising opportunities which allowed us to create a scholarship program for members. This is his passion, which is why he has chosen to work with E3 and be closer to the community he comes from. 

Ricardo has served as an office assistant, project manager and logistics manager over the past ten years giving him a level of expertise of getting things done by focusing on the details of any project. Whether it was translating documents from English to Spanish, or managed logistics for educational materials and workshop supplies, he has been able to provide critical analysis and project completion to the customers satisfaction. 

Warrior Circle - E3 Facilitators

The warrior circle is comprised of those whose energy is focused on sharing the E3 tools and actualizing E3’s goal to catalyze the brilliance of three billion students. The focus for this circle is primarily external - individuals in the warrior circle are E3 Facilitators, engaging with E3 clients and providing training on E3’s tools both domestically and internationally. Warrior Facilitators are able to enter any space  and skillfully share the E3 tools regardless of challenges that may arise (e.g. white fragility, white supremacy, patriarchy, etc., internalized oppression from training participants). Warriors consistently stay focused on the implementation of the E3 tools and changing behaviors rather than beliefs.

Healing Circle - The healing circle is comprised of those whose energy is focused on individual and collective healing, so that we can call on our ancestors to guide us into the future. We come together to guide and sustain the integrity of the vision of E3. 

Board Members Click on each board member to learn more about who they are!

Juan Lopez - Board Chair

Juan Lopez - Board Chair

Diversity & Inclusion Consultant

Henriette Ako-Asare

Henriette Ako-Asare

Entrepreneur

Vielka

Vielka Hoy

Educator and CEO

Elli Nagai-Rothe

Elli Nagai-Rothe

Nonprofit Leader

Advisory Committee Click on each advisory committee member to learn more about who they are!

Alvaro A. Arauz

Alvaro A. Arauz

3a Law Practice Management

Paul Simpson

Paul Simpson

SageTel International

Jennifer Husbands, PH.D.

Jennifer Husbands, PH.D.

AUSL Institute

Michael Rodriguez, PH.D.

Michael Rodriguez, PH.D.

University of Minnesota

Larry Rosenberger

Larry Rosenberger

Fair Isaac Corporation

Joe-Joe McManus, PH.D.

Joe-Joe McManus, PH.D.

California State University of San Marcos

Catherine Wong

Catherine Wong

Boston College, Lynch School of Education

Seth Barad

Seth Barad

​Entrepreneur

Alfred Solis

Alfred Solis

Digital Promise

Former Advisory Committee Members Beloved advisory committee members who have passed