Born into a small, underprivileged community in Central Mexico, and later an immigrant to the United States, Ernesto Fonseca has dedicated his life to addressing the needs of underserved communities. Ernesto holds a Master’s degree in Climate Responsive Architecture and a Ph.D. in Environmental Design and Planning from Arizona State University. While in Phoenix, he spearheaded initiatives to assess the health impacts of community development including gentrification, transportation, access to fresh food and affordable housing. He focused on empowering low- and middle-income families through a systems approach to community development and developing policy for governments. Currently, Ernesto is the CEO of Hacienda CDC in Oregon, which provides affordable housing, youth and family services, homeownership and financial capabilities, small business development, a Latino Market for emerging food entrepreneurs and a safe place where everyone is welcome.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxMtHood, where x=independently organized TED event.
At our TEDxMtHood event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. Visit TED.com to learn more.