Arturo Noriega


FOUNDER & Chief Executive Officer

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.

Naldo Peliks



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.

Estefania Cardona

Program Manager & Strategic Partnerships

Estefania leads our Customer Success 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.

Damanbir Singh



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.

DJ Healy



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.

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Entrepreneurship Trainer

Acacia leads our Oakland Basic Entrepreneurship Program. She is a passionate social entrepreneur and educator with 10 years experience in the education and small business development industries. She double majored in Global Economics and Language Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and is a proud graduate of the Centro Entrepreneurship Readiness Program. She supports international populations as a local educator working with recently arrived refugee students and also turned her passion for local business, language and travel into her own business, Ethnic Ties. 

Carlo Arellano

Entrepreneurship Trainer

Carlo leads our Spanish Basic Entrepreneurship Program in Oakland. Before, he spent three years in Mexico City helping small and medium-size businesses increase their productivity and competitiveness in collaboration with the Secretaría del Trabajo y Fomento al Empleo. Carlo also grew up in an entrepreneurial family, and this very personal experience is what inspired him and led him into the field. He also has a degree in Economy and a Postgraduate in Globalization and International Economy from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). 

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Entrepreneurship Trainer

Antoinette is our Advanced Entrepreneurship Program trainer. She obtained her MBA from Drucker School of Management in 2017, and currently lives in Oakland. She's excited to help local entrepreneurs sustain and scale their business.

Diego Zapata

Entrepreneurship Trainer

Diego leads our Spanish Basic Entrepreneurship Program in San Jose. He is currently launching his own business - a consulting company specialized in quality management and processes development. He gained his entrepreneurial skills working at his family business for more than 8 years in Colombia. And now his goal is to transfer this knowledge and experiences to the Latino entrepreneurial community in the Bay Area.

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Entrepreneurship Trainer

Camila leads our Basic Entrepreneurship Program in Spanish and English. She is an innovative leader and social entrepreneur with 3 years of experience building a global enterprise, Nucleos. She has a degree in Cognitive Science from the University of California and is a trained program manager. Her goal is to inspire others by sharing opportunities for learning.

Susie Sullivan


Financial Manager

Susie leads Centro's financial and human resource operations. She has over 11 years of experience in accounting, business operations and project management with a wide-range of small businesses. Susie is focused on supporting money-mindfulness for women-owned companies, creative professionals, and socially responsible businesses. She is currently completing her BS in Business with an emphasis in Accounting from Portland State University. 

Frank Stokes

SoutherN California Entrepreneurship Trainer

Frank supports Centro’s partners and entrepreneurship trainings in Southern California. He has over twenty-five years of experience in Business and Entrepreneurial Development, and is the founder of El Camino College Business & Entrepreneurial Success Training (BEST) - an award-winning boot-camp program for new business owners. Frank is a graduate of the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth College Executive Education Program, author of “A Business Mind” in Boys To Men: 31 Days Of Wisdom, and has been published frequently in the Los Angeles Times Business Section, and the Bloomberg Business Week “Smart Answers” columns.



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 Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. He is a Sebrae consultant and has served as a visiting professor for MBA courses. 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

Carly Perera, Board Member

Steve Petersen, Board Member

Doug Wheeler, GSBI Strategic Advisor

Michael Wray, GSBI Strategic Advisor