John Marchese – John is the Executive Director of the Quixote Center. He joined the Center in 2017 shortly after receiving his Ph.D. in Literature with a specialization in Central America from the University of Notre Dame. Immediately before coming, he spent two years at Valparaiso University where he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish. A Philadelphia native and graduate of Saint Joseph’s University, he lived for nearly 20 years in the midwest, where he earned two additional graduate degrees – an M.A. in philosophy from Loyola University Chicago and an M.A. in Iberian and Latin American Studies from the University of Notre Dame. He also served as Executive Director and on the board of directors of Su Casa Catholic Worker and had a curious five-year stint in the supply chain department of a plastic packaging company.
Marianne Baldwin – Marianne is the Administrative Associate at the Quixote Center. Originally from Pennsylvania, she moved to Washington, DC in 2001 to pursue her graduate studies, completing an M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and an M.A. in Teaching at American University. In 2003, she travelled to Iraq in opposition to the war with the group Academics for Peace. Marianne has taught social studies in a DC public High School and for a year on a Fulbright Teacher Exchange in Barranquilla, Colombia. She then worked in the non-profit world before taking time off to have her two kiddos. She is happy to be returning to work at the Quixote Center.
Roz Fischer – Roz is a Program Associate at the Quixote Center, with a focus on communication efforts. She began at the Center as one of the art buyers for the Nicaraguan Cultural Alliance program back in the early 2000s. Along with managing the shipment of inclusive language publication orders, Roz also provides her Postal Service knowledge to the staff and volunteers when we’re mailing letters to donors.
Lauren Harris – Lauren Harris is the Communications Manager at the Quixote Center. She was first introduced to the Center in 2005 while working for Interfaith Voices Radio Show through an internship with the Beatitudes Society. Lauren earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maryland in College Park (2001) and a Master of Divinity from Howard University (2007). She’s worked for several organizations including BoardSource, Mt. Ennon Baptist Church, Southeast D.C. Partners (The Dream Center) and Wesley Theological Seminary. She has been published in Sojourners magazine, Modern Loss, Soli Deo Gloria Sisterhood and Women in Theology. She is an ordained minister (itinerant elder) in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (A.M.E.) and serves in the local church. Her faith compels her to work towards justice and mercy for all people. In honor of her late husband, Lauren volunteers for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). She is the wife of a G.I.S. Specialist and a proud mother of two children.
Tom Ricker – Tom Ricker is a Program Associate with the Quixote Center. Tom began working in international solidarity in 1995 following a life changing trip to Nicaragua. He joined the current staff in January of 2018 and has worked with the Quixote Center twice before (2001-2008, and 2011-2014). In addition to the Quixote Center, Tom has worked with Witness for Peace, the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network, and the Rothko Chapel, where he coordinated public programs including the Oscar Romero Human Rights Award. Tom holds a PhD in political science, and teaches international human rights and politics part-time for the University of Maryland, University College online. Currently living in Houston, Tom plays guitar for the bayou-grunge band Konkerute, and records his own solo work under the name Minivan Gogh. He considers his most important job title to be “Benny’s daddy.”