Arturo Noriega



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.

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.

Irina Kurtsevaya

Irina Kurtsevaya


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.

Estefania Cardona

Estefania Cardona

Entrepreneurship Trainer & Customer Success Manager

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. 

Hope Lehman

Hope Lehman

Entrepreneurship Trainer

Hope leads our Oakland Basic Entrepreneurship Program. She is a passionate social entrepreneur with 7 years experience in the non-profit, small business, and tech diversity sector. She double majored in Feminist Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz and is a proud graduate of the Centro Entrepreneurship Readiness Program. She owns and operates two local businesses Fresh to Def Collective and Just BE. Her vision is to create a world grounded in equity through entrepreneurship, technology, and art.

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.

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.



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 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.

Join Our Team

Would you like to join the Centro team?

View our current opening positions.

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