We are an organization that believes that language access is a basic right.

Our Vision

World Speaks envisions a world where the voiceless are heard, the marginalized are included, & the vulnerable are safe.

Our Mission

To address socioeconomic gaps and injustices through cultural education, inclusion initiatives, and advocacy services.

Here’s what we do



The Next Generation

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Meet Our Team


Leah Whitney – Executive Director & Founder

Leah Whitney Chavez is the Founder and Executive Director of World Speaks Omaha a non profit whose mission is to connect our city despite language barriers and the cultural differences that tend to separate communities. With a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Language and Literature in Spanish, she is bilingual and from an early age had an appreciation of latino culture. She is married to her husband Randy Chavez.

“I was born in Bellevue, Washington, and grew up surrounded by different cultures. I can remember that my group of friends included Chinese, Latino, Indian, Black, and White kids. We all lived in the same neighborhood and took the school bus together every day. I believe that as a nation we are blessed to have so many different people fill our borders. It’s our superpower. This is something to celebrate.”


Paulina Campos Guzman - Programs Manager

Born and raised in Santiago de Chile, from a young age, Paulina dreamed about traveling the world and experience life through different cultures. She was studying a BA in English Linguistics and literature in the University of Chile, when she got an opportunity she couldn’t resist. A prestigious job with one of the biggest and most diverse airlines in the world at the time. She moved to Dubai following her dream and traveled the world for 7 years. 
During this time she obtained certificates to teach Spanish as a second language and education sociology. Life took her to Minnesota, where she started working for the local School district and obtained a certificate to become a community interpreter. Working with community was something that filled her heart, the following year she joined World Speaks Omaha (WSO) as an interpreter and Spanish instructor. 
“The past few years have taught me so much about the importance of working with community, how powerful we can be together and how change can make a difference. It is a privilege to work with such a great group of people who seek powerful changes and who also want to see a better and more equitable world”

Randy Chavez - Communications Manager

Randy has a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and a minor in advertising. He also specializes in branding. He is married to Leah Whitney.  He is behind the new creative direction of World Speaks. Born in L.A. and raised in Mexico he has his own immigrant story. Randy is fluent in the Spanish language and also interprets for our organization. 

“I believe in World Speaks’ mission. Diversity strengthens and enriches our schools, friend groups, organizations, and businesses. I am excited to tell this story through design.”


Gaby Lopez - Programs Associate

Gabriela Lopez, Gaby for short, has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She has experience with working in Human Resources and customer service. Her family consists of her 2 year old daughter and boyfriend Eddie. In Gaby’s experience, speaking a second language has always come in handy. It allows her to help those who otherwise would not be able to easily communicate their problems and get a solution. She has been volunteering as a mentor and teacher with World Speaks since its inception.

As Program Associate, she assists our Executive Director in curriculum, policy, and program oversight and development.

“I really appreciate all of the work that World Speaks does to try and overcome the language barriers that exist within our community and am happy to do whatever I can to help them!”


Dr. Melanie Bloom


Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences – University of Nebraska at Omaha

Maggie Wood


Executive Director – Inclusive Communities


Michelle Dugger


Bilingual Clinical Therapist – Boys Town

Lubna Albadawi

Lubna Albadawi


Local Coordinator

Candy Zollicoffer


Chief of Staff- I Be Black Girl

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Jasmine Elmore


Human Resources – OPPD

Advisory Board

Brittany Young – Cofounder and Chief Operations Officer – Start Center Omaha

Patti McAtee –  Director of Development – Project Control

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World Speaks
7914 W Dodge Rd #475
Omaha, NE 68114