Jorge Baldor


Jorge Baldor was born in Havana, Cuba and lives in Dallas, Texas. He is a graduate from Southern Methodist University (SMU) with a BA in History (’93). 

In 2015, he was a founder of The Latino Center for Leadership Development. He most recently founded Mercado369 in the heart of Oak Cliff, a community art center and cafe reflecting the rich culture and history of Latin America from Mexico to Argentina. Jorge founded After8toEducate in 2017.

He chairs the business development committee on Dallas Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners and is the incoming Chair of World Affairs Council of Dallas-Ft. Worth. He is active on the SMU Dedman Executive Board and SMU Meadows School of the Arts Executive Board. Jorge’s other board service includes Social Venture Partners Dallas, Parkland Foundation Board, Goals for Dallas 2030, and Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce.

Jorge has received numerous awards and recognitions, including a feature as Dallas’ New Latino Leaders by D Magazine. In 2016 he was named by D CEO Magazine as Outstanding Latino Advocate and in 2018, he was nominated by the Dallas Morning News as Texan of the Year. He was most recently awarded the OHTLI Award by the Mexican government, which is the highest recognition given by the government to an individual living outside of Mexico for elevating Mexican culture abroad.

Board of Directors

Jorge Baldor
Board Chair

Ted Herrod
Civic Leader

Board & Governance

Anna Michele Bobadilla
The University of Texas at Arlington
Alain Dermarkar
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Hillary Evans
Philanthropy Southwest
Brittney Farr
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Tony Fleo
Social Venture Partners Dallas
Mateo Magdaleno
IDQ Group, Inc.
Mitzi Patin
Cardinal Capital
Ryan Scripps
The RNSJ Company
Sam Swanson
Civic Leader
Linda Swartz
Civic Leader

Cameasha Turner
Locke Lord LLP
Charmaine Williams
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Steering Committee

The After8toEducate Steering Committee is made up of 40 cross-sector community leaders who provided input on the implementation of program services, building renovation and other core project components. The inaugural meeting took place in April 2018; the Committee met for 6 months and will be advising After8toEducate as needed. Please click the button below to see a full list of the Steering Committee:

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Billy Lane



Billy Lane is a native of Dallas, Texas and an alum of Skyline High School. Billy earned his undergraduate degree in Business Management from LeTourneau University. It was during his years as an ordained minister that Billy began to learn of the widespread problem of poverty in America, especially among those who work. His faith moved him to partner with other clergymen and grassroots community organizing groups who recognized the systemic nature of poverty in urban cities like Dallas. Since then, Billy has served various nonprofit organizations working on issues of household food security, equity in public education, indigent health care access, and job skills training. As a private citizen, Billy remains committed to advancing justice for all and eliminating systemic poverty in Dallas. Billy earned a Master of Liberal Studies Degree in Human Rights and Social Justice from Southern Methodist University in 2018. He is excited to join the After8toEducate team and eager to help develop the partnership in a way that opens the doors of justice and opportunity to students experiencing homelessness. Billy and his wife Janet Morrison-Lane, Ed.D. live in Dallas and are parents to two amazing daughters, Kristian and Rubi.



Lydia Dubose joined SVP Dallas as Project Coordinator for After8toEducate in January 2019. As Project Coordinator, Lydia is responsible for maintaining donor and volunteer databases, collaborating with community partners, managing social media, marketing and communications, researching potential funding sources, and other special projects. Since earning a Bachelor of Behavioral Science in Psychology from Hardin-Simmons University, Lydia has worked for both local and national nonprofit organizations. This work has included building collaborative partnerships, increasing program participation, planning events and meetings, communicating with diverse populations, and representing organizations both in person and via digital channels. Lydia is thrilled to join the After8toEducate team and glad to contribute her skills to make a positive impact on students experiencing homelessness in Dallas.