Staff

Will Gonzalez, Esq., Executive Director of Ceiba - He has over 35 years of experience working in the Latino community. The Philadelphia Foundation's Williams Award for Organizational Excellence & The Community Change Award from the Bread & Roses Community Fund recognized his leadership of non-profits. Mr. Gonzalez has received various community awards, among them a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Legal Intelligencer, PA's premier legal publication. He is licensed to practice law in NJ and PA. He is the Past President of the Hispanic Bar Association of PA and a member of the board of the PA Chapter of the ACLU. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, from Lehigh University and a Juris Doctor, from Rutgers University School of Law where he was awarded the Ralph Bunch Fellowship and the Law Students Civil Rights Research Council Fellowship. He has traveled extensively in Latin America and has vast experience as a radio host and newspaper columnist. 

 

Diego Tapia, Program Director, is a native of Ecuador and studied Business Administration at the National University of Loja. He is a notary and a certified housing counselor with training in credit counseling, foreclosure intervention, and IDA programs. He was the recipient of the NeighborWorks National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling Program Counselor Award in 2012. Diego is Ceiba's VITA tax site manager. He is a certified VITA tax preparer and a Certified Application Counselor for the Affordable Care Act. 

 

 

 

 

 

Taylor De La Peña, Program Coordinator, has a degree in Spanish and English from Villanova University. In 2016 she served as an Augustinian Volunteer in northern Peru, where she taught computer and English classes. Taylor coordinates Programa Adelante, Ceiba's asset-building program that helps immigrants save for immigration related expenses. She is a certified VITA tax preparer. 

 

 

 

 

Lindsey Benitz, Operations Director, has a degree in Spanish from Smith College. She provides logistical support to Ceiba's staff and programs. She is a certified housing counselor trained in pre-purchase and foreclosure mitigation and IDA matched savings programs. She is an advocate for language access and the rights of the limited English proficient and served as the co-chair of the Language Access Committee of the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition. She is a certified VITA tax preparer and an IRS ITIN Certifying Acceptance Agent.

 

 

 

To contact Ceiba staff, please email us at info@ceibaphiladelphia.org or call (215) 634-7245.