I have extensive experience with business and storytelling; I love to make complex concepts simple.
I started my career in finance at GE Capital and GE Commercial Real Estate. Subsequently, I earned an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School.
For the past 10+ years, I have worked in finance, strategy and communications.
I am also a highly creative, self-motivated professional with a penchant for storytelling.
Workshop Leader and Facilitator
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group
2013 - Present
I am currently working at The Office of the Executive Auditor at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group. In this position I am an active participant in the delivery of our Risk-Based Audit Plan and communication with the Board of Governors of the IDB Group.
I started my tenure at the IDB as a Healthcare and Education Investment Officer, where I modeled and analyzed project financing. In addition to originating deals, I led management consulting projects for: development of prioritization, opportunity and go-to market strategies for the education sector in Latin America.
In 2016, during the reorganization of the private sector operations of the IDB Group, I became an Advisory Services and Blended Finance Officer. In this role, I led strategy, knowledge management and communication initiatives for our products; plus private sector solutions for social, environmental and economic challenges.
Private Commercial Real Estate Fund
2012 - 2013
As a Senior Associate Director I managed finance, project and investor relations to launch a private commercial real estate investment fund. My key accomplishments were managing projects and key stakeholders (governments, architects, engineers and contractors), ensuring project productivity, strategic communications and knowledge exchange.
2010 - 2011
The idea for my novel Born in Rio came to me as I was writing application essays for business schools. Upon completion of my MBA program in 2010, I began putting to paper the plot and storyline of the book. In addition to being involved in all creative aspects of the novel, I also published, produced, designed and marketed the book. In 2012, I was presented with the prestigious Brazilian International Press Awards for Born in Rio and was also an Indie Discovery Award finalist at the Book Expo America.
General Electric Capital
2002 - 2007
I began my professional career right out of college at General Electric (GE) as a Financial Management Program (FMP) summer intern in Ohio. In 2003, I joined GE Capital's 2-year rotational FMP in Chicago, IL, and Stamford, CT. I started my rotation doing account reconciliations and ended it by working on complex mergers and acquisitions deals for all of GE Commercial Finance. In 2005, I moved to Florida to be an Associate Director for GE Commercial Real Estate. Among my key achievements there were: closing non-recourse commercial real estate loans; originating deals, supporting due diligence, processing transactions from application through closing.
Knowledge at Wharton
Interamerican Development Bank Group
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
2008 - 2010
I received an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship as a Joseph Wharton Fellow. I was also part of the Wharton Global Consulting Practicum where I participated in a management consulting project in Spain, focused on market entry development, and positioning strategies for a new learning and training platform in education.
1999 - 2003
I earned B.A. in Economics and International Development, Cum Laude.