Dylan Corbett is the founding director of HOPE. Dylan formerly worked as a staffer to the bishops of the United States at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development as well as with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the national anti-poverty and social justice program of the USCCB. He has worked in the international development and nonprofit sectors in Washington, DC, Central America and South Asia, and has studied at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome,


Executive Director


Marisa Y. Limón brings a wide array of skills and experience to her work at HOPE. She most previously focused on integrated marketing campaigns, strategy, and Latino engagement at TKO Advertising in Austin and Albuquerque. Marisa also served as the assistant director of community engagement and multicultural outreach with the Austin Independent School District and held a variety of positions with the Hispanic Scholarship Consortium. Marisa began her career as a classroom teacher in Catholic schools through the Alliance for Catholic Education. She holds a master’s in education and bachelor’s in English and Spanish literature from the University of Notre Dame along with a certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown University.

Deputy Director


Edith Tapia is native to the El Paso/Juarez borderland. She formerly worked in the Tarahumara region in Northwest Mexico where she managed the social economy program for a local NGO. Previously, Edith worked in Washington DC as a tenant organizer and affordable housing advocate and then as policy analyst focused on economic development, trade and education issues. Edith holds a bachelor’s in Economics and International Relations from Smith College and a master’s in Globalization and Development from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies. 

Policy Research Analyst


Diego Adame is native to the border region and graduated as a graphic designer at New Mexico State University, where he was the art director for the NM State University Basketball team. Prior to working at HOPE, he worked at Eight Horses Marketing Agency creating and designing various marketing campaigns for clients. All throughout, Diego has worked both professionally and on a volunteer basis in church communities in Juarez and El Paso. 

Community Organizer


Ilka Vega was born in El Paso, Texas and raised in Cd. Juarez, Mexico. In 2016, Ilka conducted research with Texas Impact on water issues affecting the Texas-Mexico border. She is passionate about social and environmental justice and completed an internship in the Texas 16th Congressional District office where she specialized in immigration-related congressional inquiries to the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security. She currently serves as one of the South-central jurisdiction representatives for the Racial Justice Charter Support Team for the United Methodist Women.

Community Engagement and Administrative Specialist


Hannah Hollandbyrd is the special projects coordinator at Hope Border Institute. She is a graduate of Columbia University, where she received a bachelor's degree in Human Rights. Previously, she worked for the Fund for Global Human Rights and as a staffer for a US Senate campaign. Hannah is a lifelong El Pasoan and passionate about border rights and policy.

Special Projects Coordinator


Luis Enrique is a native of the borderland region.  He received a bachelor's in social work at UTEP.  For four years he entered formation for religious life with the Missionaries of St Charles Scalabrini whose charism focused on working with migrants.  There he completed his philosophy program at Universidad Católica Lumen Gentium in Mexico City. He was sent as a volunteer at different migrant shelters in Guatemala, Mexico, and the United States.  He recently worked at the Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services in the unaccompanied minor’s program.

Emergency Relief Coordinator


499 St. Matthews St.

El Paso, TX 79907


(915) 872-8400 ext.200

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