Champions of Change
David R. Ayón helped found and develop the Mexican American Leadership Initiative (MALI), a program of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation that enlists bi-national support to strengthen civil society in Mexico. MALI has called attention to and aided grassroots organizations working in marginalized communities and that provide alternatives for at-risk youth in areas such as Juárez. With the backing of the Kellogg Foundation, MALI and the USMF have launched an innovative People-to-People program assisting community projects and organizations in southern Mexico. Ayón serves as co-chair of MALI and coordinated the U.S.-Mexico Migration Dialogue of the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center.