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Paola Garcia

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Director, Mexico and Latin America Initiatives
University Staff, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 7005

Paola serves currently as director of Mexico and Latin America Initiatives, at the Office of University Affairs. In this role, she helps develop strategic collaborative relationships with government agencies, universities, and nonprofit organizations of Mexico and Latin American countries. She supports the implementation of initiatives led by Dr. Rafael Rangel Sostmann, who is a Special Advisor to the President.

Prior to this position, Paola served as the first program manager of the Spirit of Service Scholars. An ASU’s initiative that honors and prepares outstanding students interested in public service.

In Mexico, she worked at economic development agencies in Sonora, on the supply chain management and foreign companies’ soft landing. She also worked on small business development. She was the founding executive director of a nonprofit organization, where she helped prepare and supervised hundreds of business plans. She was director of a tech-based business incubator, and directed the operations of the Small Business Development Center in Sonora, after the Maricopa Community Colleges’ SBDC model.

Paola earned a B.S. in industrial and systems engineering (summa cum laude) from Tecnológico de Monterrey and a master’s degree in public affairs, a specialization in environmental policy, and a portfolio in nonprofit studies from the University of Texas at Austin .