International Program Staff

Carla Estrada, Country Manager, Nicaragua

Carla is a native Nicaraguan who works side by side with leaders in rural communities promoting empowerment and supporting community development. She has a passion for working with volunteers, facilitating their interaction with local people, and showing them her country, culture, and history. Carla graduated with a Business Administration degree and did a post-graduate program in formulation and evaluation of social projects. Before working for Power to the People, Carla worked for a different NGO focusing on sustainable development in rural communities. Carla has also worked as an educator in the National Zoo and Rescue Center, and as a volunteer in orphanages and in the burn center for children in Managua. Carla thanks all the volunteers and everyone working with P2TP for supporting her country, especially the impoverished communities.  Carla hopes P2TP will keep expanding and promoting clean energy in rural and urban communities. Carla loves swimming, and promotes the creation of local organic gardens. She also has a deep passion for creative and functional recycling.

Lauren Farwell, International Program Coordinator

Lauren grew up in Washington state, and moved to the Bay Area to attend Santa Clara University, where she studied Political Science and Sociology. Lauren spent a semester studying international development economics in a rural village in Burkina Faso, and became interested in sustainable development in rural communities. During her time at Santa Clara, Lauren worked as the Department Coordinator of Empowerment for Santa Clara Community Action Program, a social justice group that applies advocacy and activism to achieve environmental justice, racial equality, rights and dignity for immigrant communities, and justice for the LGBT community- all things that Lauren is very passionate about! Prior to GRID, Lauren worked with Samasource, a non-profit social enterprise that connects people living in poverty in Kenya, Uganda, India, and Haiti to dignified employment opportunities in the digital sector. As the International Program Coordinator, Lauren is excited by the opportunity to learn more about renewable energy while working alongside the International Team and local community members. In her free time, Lauren enjoys adventuring outdoors and traveling.