Our Staff

Josh Goralski

Founder & CEO

Josh Goralski is a visionary social sector entrepreneur. He holds an MA from Loyola University Chicago and a BSBA from Rockhurst University. He grew up in a progressive Catholic church where social justice was a regular topic discussed and began volunteering at the early age of five. Josh has been traveling to Haiti since 2009 and been involved supporting a church in Haiti since the age of 8. He has nearly 9 years of experience leading and supporting organizations the social sector formally and many years of volunteering before that. Before Unlocking Communities, Josh spent three years at YMCA of the USA overseeing a change in national data collection strategies from 2,600 locations and leading innovation initiatives. Concurrently, he also consults with various local, regional and international nonprofits providing consultation on operations and strategic planning. Josh is an active member of Old St. Pat’s church where he is involved in various social justice ministries and is on the young adult leadership team. Josh’s proximity to suffering began at an early age with his father’s incurable illness and led to him giving his Dad the gift of life through a kidney donation in 2011. When Josh needs an escape, you can find him running!

Ernso Sylvain

Haiti Country Manager

Ernso Sylvain is the Haitian country director for Unlocking Communities. He is nearing completion of his Bachelors in International Affairs. He oversees our expansion efforts into new communities, works with current communities to expand and deepen their impact in their community, and leads all training initiatives. Additionally, Ernso also runs an English learning institute, Happy Haitian Productions, where students have can learn English to help further their career aspirations.

Julia Holmertz

Director of Operations

Julia Holmertz is working remotely with Unlocking Communities to help them develop a robust organizational structure. To help Unlocking Communities achieve their mission, Julia develops organizational procedures, coordinates the revisions of strategy documents, manages communications between the Board of Directors and the founder, and advises on organizational strategy. She is passionate about nonprofit operations and helping organizations achieve their maximum impact. Previously, Julia worked at Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement where all work was done with the goal of helping all clients become self-sufficient in the US. Julia graduated from Loyola University Chicago in December 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Global and International Studies and a minor in Management. While Julia was there, she studied abroad in Rome, Italy and Bogota, Colombia. In her free time, Julia enjoys reading, traveling, and exploring new restaurants in Chicago.


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