Aaron Sztarkman has have been involved in Jewish life since age 11 when he joined the Noar Shelanu youth movement, first as a chanich and later as a madrich. At the age of 18, he studied Hebrew in an ulpan on kibbutz Kfar Hanasi in Israel and also participated in the Marva army program – proving itself to be a landmark year for the rest of his life. After returning to El Salvador, Aaron worked as the Director of FUSLA El Salvador, the local WUJS branch. He attended FUSLA conventions in Guatemala in 1995, Costa Rica in 1996 and El Salvador in 1997. After earning his university degree (business management), Aaron studied environmental consulting in Barcelona, where he lived for three years. There he became a member of ATID, the Reform Jewish community of Barcelona, helping with its youth movement and playing guitar on Shabbat services. When he returned from Barcelona to El Salvador in 2004, he became involved again in his Jewish community, and in 2006 founded the Tikun Olam Committee, which he contintues to direct. Its goals are to give public schools better infrastructure and tools to enable the students to become better prepared after graduating. In 2007, Aaron had the chance to participate in the ROI Summit. This qualified as one of the most inspiring experiences he had ever had, only to be followed by receiving a $4,000 Micro Grant to buy books for one of the four participating schools. In 2008, he participated in another ROI Summit in Israel and also the Latin American Regional Gathering in Mexico, both experiences that have molded his vision of Judaism and of his life as a whole. Besides his ROI experiences, Aaron has been an advisor for HaDor Habah, an FJMC initiative based in Miami that works to attract 20-30 year olds to Jewish communal life. He also attended the FJMC International Convention that was held in Philadelphia in 2009. Professionally, Aaron is a full time musician and artistic entrepreneur. He also plays guitar for his community’s Kabalat Shabat services. He has a nine-year-old daughter, Leah.