Celina de Sola

Celina de Sola (born November 5, 1976, El Salvador) is a Salvadoran humanitarian worker and public health expert. She is the Co-founder and Vice President of programs at Glasswing International, a non-profit international organization headquartered in San Salvador and New York City.[1][2]

Celina de Sola
Born (1976-11-05) November 5, 1976 (age 43)
EducationBachelor of Arts, Master of Social Work, Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania, Harvard University
OccupationVice President of programs at Glasswing International
EmployerGlasswing International
TitleVice President of Programs
Spouse(s)Ken Baker


De Sola received a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) from the University of Pennsylvania. She also received a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) from Harvard University.


Early in her career, de Sola worked as a consultant for organizations including the Population Council, URC, and Family Foundation Schools. She was also a crisis interventionist for Latino immigrants in the United States. As Director of emergency response for AmeriCares, de Sola led responses to humanitarian crises including Liberia, Darfur, Afghanistan, Iraq, as well as the tsunami in Indonesia.

Glasswing InternationalEdit

After a long career in humanitarian responses and implementation of international public health programs, de Sola decided to return to El Salvador. She had interest in applying her international experience to transform vulnerable communities. Then in 2007, together with her brother Diego and husband Ken Baker, she co-founded Glasswing International, a non-profit organization headquartered in San Salvador with offices in New York City.[3][4][5] Its mission is to address the root causes of poverty and violence through public education, public health and community empowerment in San Salvador, El Salvador.[6][7] As the organization's Vice President of programs, de Solas designs and implements community-based initiatives that bring institutions and people together through joint action.


In 2018, de Sola was selected to join the inaugural Obama Foundation Fellowship class.[8][9] De Sola has been recognized by several notable organizations including The Tällberg Foundation ("Tällberg Global Leader", 2016),[10][11] the Ashoka (Fellowship since 2015),[12] and LEGO Foundation.

De Sola has also presented at violence prevention conferences organized by the World Health Organization, USAID, Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles, and the Women in the World Summit.[13] Her work has been featured on several notable media including CNN and HuffPost Live.[14][15]

Personal lifeEdit

De Sola is married to Ken Baker, a co-founder of Glasswing International and has a young son. They live in San Salvador and New York City.


  1. ^ "Latin America's Got Talent: Los Niños de Casita Maria Warble with Deborah Voigt; Glasswing's Guys Sax it Up; & a Spanish Señorita Paints White on White". OrbMagazine. September 6, 2015.
  2. ^ "Glasswing, diez años transformando vidas". Elsalvador.com. May 17, 2017.
  3. ^ "Civic Innovators: Diego de Sola, Ken Baker and Celina de Sola, El Salvador". Americas Quarterly. January 9, 2018.
  4. ^ "Surreal El Salvador". Financial Times. January 20, 2012.
  5. ^ "NGO Glasswing Extends Its Reach Into U.S." Carmen Busquets. January 9, 2018.
  6. ^ "How Trump's Immigration Decision Could Worsen El Salvador's Violence". Americas Quarterly. January 9, 2018.
  7. ^ "El Salvador's Gangs Are Targeting Young Girls". The Atlantic. March 4, 2018.
  8. ^ "Fundación Obama reconoce la labor de Glasswing International". Elsalvador.com. April 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "THE 2018 FELLOWS". Obama Foundation. 2018.
  10. ^ "Celina de Sola, 2016 Tällberg Global Leader". Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls. 2016.
  11. ^ "Tällberg Global Leaders". Tällberg Foundation.
  12. ^ "CELINA DE SOLA". Ashoka. 2015.
  13. ^ "Leaders talk women in combat and the refugee crisis during Women in the World Salon". New York Times - Women in the World. December 11, 2015.
  14. ^ "Community Schools: Life Skills for Violence Prevention". Clinton Foundation.
  15. ^ "Speakers - Global Philanthropy Forum 2018". Global Philanthropy Forum. 2018.

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