Carl Settles
Founder/Executive Director
Carl Settles Jr. is the Founder/Executive Director of E4 Youth, an Austin, TX based non-profit that bridges the gap between underserved creative youth and creative careers. A former science teacher, Mr. Settles has over 20 years of hands on experience in educational publishing, interactive development and advertising.

He embodies the principle that “Great educators teach students, not subjects” and has spearheaded the creation of E4 Youth’s professional development, soft skills curriculum and after school enrichment services to fulfill that purpose.

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Humberto Perez
Education Director
Humberto Adrián Pérez served as a public educator for eighteen years. Most recently, he taught audio/video production and headed John B. Connally High School Cougar Productions in the Pflugerville school district.

He incorporates digital storytelling, social media, guerrilla filmmaking techniques, mobile technology, theatre arts, music, and a wide array of artistic techniques into a project-based & engaging learning experience for his students. He and his students have collaborated with Mexic-Arte Museum, Forklift Danceworks, VSA Texas, AFP, Green Ribbon Schools, and E4 Youth.

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Jonathan "Chaka" Mahone
Music Legacy Project Director
As one-half of Austin's three-peat 'Band of the Year,' (RAS) Riders Against the Storm, and co-founder Body Rock ATX, one of Austin's largest monthly dance parties, Jonathan 'Chaka' Mahone knows how to move a crowd. Knowing that it's truly 'bigger than hip hop' though, Mahone also has more than 15 years of experience in youth­ empowerment and education through creative arts. In 2013, Mahone became a co-founder of Divine and Conjure Enterprises, LLC, a production company with a focus on empowering audiences through events, film, music, and more.
Victoria Valadez

Victoria Valadez is a full-time freelance designer, and producer with E4 Youth. Her specialization is communications and visual design, though her experience ranges from web design, copywriting/copyediting, and project management. In short: she uses creativity and tireless work ethic to solve problems and create positive impact.

She's lent her enthusiastic and human-centered approach to a handful of Austin nonprofits, and served in Peace Corps Madagascar from 2009–11. She has a B.A. in communications from Southwestern University, and an A.A.S. in graphic design from Austin Community College.

When not writing about herself in the third person, she likes nerding out over typography, podcasts, music, and exploring new curious things to nerd out over.

If she could be any punctuation symbol, she would absolutely be an exclamation mark, no question.

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