ARTURO A. NORIEGA

FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Arturo has more than 20 years of work experience as a management consultant, specializing in economic development, strategy, governance, risk management, finance, and organizational change management. He has earned an MBA in Strategic Management and Leadership from Peter F. Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University and a BA in Economics as well as a concentration in Finance from Haas School of Business of U.C Berkeley.

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NALDO PELIKS

CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

Naldo is responsible for developing Centro’s operational capacities, leading the organization’s advisory services, and overseeing product development. He brings 14 years of business strategy and product development experience in technology, banking, retail, and education. Naldo has a BA from the University of San Francisco and an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.

DJ HEALY

ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINER & Senior PROGRAM MANAGER

DJ is responsible for managing the Entrepreneur Readiness Program and developing educational content from Centro’s mobile apps. He brings over eight years of experience as a professional trainer and advisor, having worked with organizations in the education, economic development and governments sectors. Daniel has a BA in International Affairs from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the Peter F. Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.

Irina Kurtsevaya

ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINER & PROGRAM MANAGER

Irina leads Centro's advanced and basic training programs in the Bay Area. Her background is in Economics and Sustainable Development, having recently received her MBA from Hult International Business School. Her experience spans the corporate world, startups, small businesses, and non profit organizations in consulting and education. Her passion is in helping entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses and helping people reach their full potential.

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Estefania Cardona

Entrepreneurship Trainer & Customer Success Manager

Estefania leads our Account Management and is one of our bilingual Entrepreneurship Trainers. She has a degree in International Business, a postgraduate in Creative Intervention and is an experienced social entrepreneur. Her work in multicultural environments and interdisciplinary projects in the United States, Colombia, Canada, and England is paramount experience she brings forth to our trainings for the Bay Area's Latino community. 

DAMAMBIR SINGH

DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

Damanbir is responsible for development of relationships with funders through presentations, personal meetings and regular communications. As part of his role, he also searches for potential funders such as corporations, family foundations and individuals for supporting Centro’s programs and initiatives, nationally and internationally. Damanbir brings in a mixed bag of experience having worked in finance, startups, education and small family businesses. Damanbir has a MBA from University of San Francisco and MS in International Management from Portland State University.

ALVARO RAMIREZ

MOBILE APP ENGINEER

Alvaro has a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Northwestern University. He has more than 10 years of experience working in information technology. He served with the US Navy as an electronics technician. He has also worked with Northwestern University, Microsoft and TuneUp Media.

FERNANDO GAMELEIRA

BRAZILIAN REPRESENTATIVE

Fernando supports Centro's partners and activities in Brazil. He is an experienced business coach, certified by the Brazilian Society of Coaching (SBC), as well as by Empretec (a United Nations entrepreneurship program) to be an International Master Trainer. In addition to onboarding trainers in Brazil, he was also responsible for implementing Empretec in South Africa. He is a Sebrae consultant and has served as a visiting professor for MBA courses at ESPM and IBMEC. He earned a degree in Advertising from Universidade Federal Fluminense.

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Our Board & Advisors

Cecily Drucker, Strategic Advisor

Simone Harvey, Board Member

Liliana Gil, Strategic Advisor

Gabriel Jimenez, Google Ambassador

Liliana Peliks, Marketing Advisor

Carly Perera, Board Member

Steve Petersen, Board Member

Doug Wheeler, GSBI Strategic Advisor

Michael Wray, GSBI Strategic Advisor