Natalia is an organizational psychologist and strategist focused on merging innovation, entrepreneurship, and community impact. She focuses on creating connected communities and vibrant ecosystems, most recently by leading the expansion of the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) to Miami, seeking to deepen and nuance the conversation about entrepreneurship, and building tangible bridges to innovation hubs and Latin America. As part of this effort, she oversees the core three-year old $4M business, in parallel with the master planning of an innovation district that requires setting a joint agenda between the public, academic, and private sectors in Miami.
Prior to that, she served as the Chief Innovation & Technology Officer for a nonprofit focused on Cuba, as well as one of six product strategists for a $5B human resources software company.
Natalia is the founder of Awesome Foundation MIAMI, which has awarded $100K in grants to small, grassroots ideas across Miami. She is also the Founder of Aminta Ventures, an educational vehicle focused on educating and empowering professional and philanthropic women to become angel investors. Most recently, Natalia has spearheaded the launch of a nonpartisan, grassroots campaign called Immigrant Powered. The mission behind the project is three-fold: to highlight the positive economic impact of immigrants in our communities, to empower ‘immigrant powered’ businesses, and to connect small/medium businesses with opportunities for advocacy around responsible immigration policy.
She also works extensively with the public and private sector in Latin America, engaging often with governments, ministries, investment and economic development actors. She also engages with multilateral actors such as the World Economic Forum and the Interamerican Development Bank in areas that relate to entrepreneurship, cross-stakeholder engagement, and inclusive innovation, and has been invited to attend and speak at their events.
Natalia has been a contributor to outlets such as The Huffington Post, the World Economic Forum, Mic, and La Nacion. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Government from Harvard University and an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. She has been an immigrant, twice, and is of Cuban and Russian descent.