Why I am dedicated to the Latinx MBA Association
Whether navigating college in the South, big tech companies in Silicon Valley, graduate schools at Harvard, or the finance world overall, I have often been the only Latina, woman, or person of color in the room. Absent having mentors and role models who looked like me or with experiences similar to mine, I often encountered self-doubt and felt the pressure to cover up parts of my identity as I was developing my career. I don’t want other Latinxs with similar aspirations to ever feel like they are not good enough or that they don’t belong in these spaces. Furthermore, I want to use the privilege I do have to advance marginalized communities of color. I am dedicated to the Latinx MBA Association because I want to advocate for and empower more Latinx leaders in business and in our society. By carving out a space in the business world that is designed for our own interests and growth, Latinx MBAs and allies can support one another as they work to realize positive economic change for the U.S. Latinx community overall.
Interested in the intersection of finance, technology, and social change, Nancy’s career spans the private, public, and non-profit sectors. She currently works in Goldman Sachs’ Technology Investment Banking group based in San Francisco, after graduating with her MBA from Harvard Business School and MPP from Harvard Kennedy School.
While at Harvard, Nancy explored her passion for deploying capital and technology in the service of public purpose and social causes, working for diversity-focused VC Harlem Capital, New York City’s largest poverty-fighting organization The Robin Hood Foundation, and San José’s Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation. Nancy also served as the Co-President of the Latinx Student Organization (LASO) at HBS, a Board Member of the Latinx Caucus at HKS, and a Zuckerman and George Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership. She is a TOIGO and Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) Professional Development Fellow.
Prior to graduate school, Nancy spent five years in the technology industry at Google, Uber and IDEO, working cross-functionally in data analytics, strategy and operations, and venture design roles. She earned her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Nancy is a proud east coast Latina of Colombian descent, hailing from Prince George’s County, Maryland outside of Washington, D.C. She currently resides in Oakland, CA.