Josh Goralski, Founder and CEO

With lifelong connections to Haiti and extensive travel experience in the developing world, Josh Goralski has over a decade of experience in the social sector. He’s done everything from analyzing global impact metrics to writing business plans to scale other organizations. He developed Unlocking Communities while pursuing his undergraduate and master’s degree in Social Justice. What started as an idea has turned into a successful start-up that has since helped thousands of Haitians.  Josh’s ability to network and connect with people has led him to bring together a diverse team committed to helping Unlocking Communities reach ambitious goals.

Ernso Sylvain, Haiti Country Director

Ernso Sylvian is a successful entrepreneur who has already scaled a farm (turning a 40% profit) and founded the only English institute in his region. As a Haitian native, Ernso is best equipped to make connections and build relationships with UC communities. He has single-handedly motivated a team of 150 entrepreneurs to grow UC’s impact. He oversees our expansion efforts into new communities, works with current communities to grow and deepen their impact in their community, and leads all training initiatives.

Julia Holmertz, Director of Operations

Julia develops organizational procedures and coordinates the revisions of strategy documents.  She also manages communications between the Board of Directors and the founder, and advises on organizational strategy. 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.  She has a passion for learning about other cultures, which led her to study abroad in Italy and Colombia during college.

Fenson Cherenfant, Training Manager









Fenson oversees Unlocking Communities Business Basics, Advanced Business Basics, and Manger Training programs. He supports the Haiti Country Director in expansion efforts into new communities and strengthening the impact of current businesses.

Bedrige Pierre, Office Manager

Bedrige works closely with business leaders to ensure the accurate tracking of sales and repayments in a timely manner in Unlocking Communities’ field CRM. He assists the Training Manager with training initiatives, as well as overseeing inventory across all businesses.