Who We Are
Founder, Executive director
Anton currently attends the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada where he studies Economics and Computer Science. A Canadian-American from Iowa City, Iowa, Anton visited Cuba for the first time in 2015 when he was there during a gap year after graduating high school...
Mitch is currently a student at the University of Iowa where he is pursuing a combined major in International Studies and Spanish. During his Junior year, Mitch studied abroad in Alicante, Spain. Mitch and Anton met in Iowa City, Iowa during their first year of high school, where they became close friends while playing on the school’s varsity soccer team. Combining his love for travel, soccer, and philanthropy, Mitch joined La Liga en Cuba on its second annual trip to Havana in May of 2018.
Mitch is in charge of fundraising and merchandise coordination, as well as helping with the organization, preparation and execution of events on the ground in Cuba. In the fall of 2018, Mitch led La Liga en Cuba’s first ‘Buy One Give One’ campaign in collaboration with Clubhouse Athletic, which involved the designing and printing of La Liga en Cuba jerseys, and resulted in the donation of over 20 kits to teams in Havana. Mitch is excited to continue building and creating new partnerships like this one with Clubhouse Athletic.
Ia Fernanda Mantecón García
Ia is a student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada where she is pursuing a major in Economics and a minor in Political Science. Anton and Ia became friends in their first year of university, where Ia quickly began helping out with translation and proofreading work on La Liga en Cuba texts that were in Spanish. Soon after, she officially joined the team.
Growing up in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Ia witnessed firsthand the importance of community-building projects and grassroots organizations as a means to empower a community. This, in part, is what inspired her to study political science, and what draws her to La Liga en Cuba. Witness to Mexico’s long standing passion for soccer, and the example it sets of a sport’s ability to bring people together, Ia is excited and committed to advance La Liga en Cuba’s mission.
Camilo is La Liga en Cuba’s primary contact in Havana, and acts as the coordinator for all of its events held there. His experience working in Cuba’s non-profit sector combined with a Master’s degree in Business Administration from San Antonio Catholic University in Murcia, Spain allow him to provide expert advice that help La Liga en Cuba serve the Cuban community to the best of its ability. Camilo and Anton first met in Havana where they built a strong relationship during Anton’s time volunteering with Artecorte. Camilo continues to act as the Senior Manager at Artecorte and plays a key role in their work and in the partnership between them and La Liga en Cuba. His passion for community development and entrepreneurship coupled with his skills in business administration and project management make Camilo one of the leading voices in Cuba’s growing private sector.
Edgar Carlos Herrera González