Mariela Salas is the Executive Director of LatinxVC, where together with the strong support of her Board of Directors, she has unabashedly focused on growing and supporting the Latinx venture capital ecosystem. With nearly 20 years of experience in the entrepreneurship, finance, infrastructure, and technology sectors, she has held executive leadership positions in various corporations and nonprofits, including JP Morgan, Verizon, and Ascendus (fka ACCION USA). Mariela has extensive experience in strategic management consulting in emerging and frontier markets spanning from West Africa to Central and South America.
In addition to her role at LatinxVC, Mariela is a Doctoral student at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School. Her research leverages contemporary theories, advanced analytical methods, and her executive experience to develop evidence-based insights to improve and shape the business world. Her current studies sit at the intersection of Latinx identity, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Venture Capital.
Mariela holds a Master of Science degree in Policy Analysis and Management from The New School University in New York City, and she earned her Bachelor of Science from Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas. She is an active member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. where she most recently served as the Southwestern Region’s International Expansion Chair.