Christine Brady

@ President, The Americas Foundation

Christine Brady is the President of The Americas Foundation Fundacion de las Americas dedicated to binational community development at the US/Mexico border and giving direct aid to disadvantaged youth. She has been working for 34 years in the colonias of Tijuana where she founded the La Esperanza schools renowned for their organic architecture and academics combined with arts programs.

A graduate of Princeton and Stanford Universities, Christine was awarded the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights award by the United Nations and recognized as a “Woman helping Women” by the California State Assembly for her work in Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, CA with the border communities and La Esperanza schools.

More recently, Christine has spearheaded the initiative of “More Art = Less Violence” providing free dance and instrumental music classes to at risk youth ages 12 to 17.

Along with famous artist James Hubbell, Christine Brady was awarded the American Institute of Architecture award for “Socially Responsive Building” for their work on the Jardin de Ninos La Esperanza kindergarten founded in 1989. Christine also founded and as an engineer supervised the construction of the Colegio La Esperanza elementary and high schools which continue to be embellished by volunteers.

Working in the Delegacion Sanchez Taboada de Tijuana, Christine has seen first hand how Arts education can impact positively the lives of vulnerable youth and safeguard their destinies.