Originally from Veracruz Mexico, Javier Barrera is an Indianapolis-based social entrepreneur and media strategist specialized in multicultural marketing and localization. His work focuses on exploring the intersection between marketing and urban education and their effect in identity formation. Javier is a founding member and current Executive Director of the Latino Youth Collective, an organization that provides resources and opportunities for youth to engage in personal and community development through critical pedagogy, grassroots organizing and collective action.
Javier is also a founding board member of Crossroads MX, a chapter of a global network with the aim of identifying and organizing highly-skilled Mexicans living abroad to generate and collaborate in activities and projects that promote social, economic, scientific, and technological development in Mexico and their communities. He received his B.S. in Media Arts & Science from the School of Informatics at IUPUI and a Certificate in Translation Studies from the School of Liberal Arts at the same institution.