vision

transform Latin America into a region with equal access to opportunities where everyone has access to the tools, knowledge, and relationships to develop to their fullest potential

mission

we enable latin americans to access more and better opportunities, thus reducing the impact of the lottery of birth by identifying, supporting, and scaling initiatives that use education and leadership – with technology as an enabler – to expand opportunities for everyone

team

#education
#technology

Mariel Reyes

co-founder

What is the Latin America you want to see in 50 years?  

A region that stands out for its effective philanthropic initiatives; that is at the forefront of the creation and use of technology. A region where intra and interregional connections, scaling, and sharing innovative solutions are seen throughout the continent. A Latin America where diverse, honest, empowered and committed public and private leaders that work to promote social change and help create opportunities for all.

What do you like the most about Latin America?

Our liveliness and ease of connecting with one another, with our own people and also those of other cultures. Our optimism and hunger for life – even in challenging moments – and our willingness to offer a helping hand. Our love for good food, music, and dance – all things that are better if shared!

Favorite quote

“Kindness creates kindness” – José Datrino

David Vélez

co-founder

What is the Latin America you want to see in 50 years?  

A Latin America that is one of the wealthiest and most prosperous regions in the world as a result of more than 650 million people developing themselves to their fullest potential. A Latin America that enables true meritocracy. Effectively, a Latin America where everyone has access to the same opportunities.

What do you like the most about Latin America?

The food! And the music! And the beauty of its mountains, forests, and beaches.

Favorite quote

“Our problem is not that we aim too high and miss, but that we aim too low and hit.” - Aristotle

#reading
#technology

Cristina Londoño

admin & comms director

What is the Latin America you want to see in 50 years?  

A Latin America that doesn´t break your heart when seeing the inequalities that exist, where people not only have a decent life, but can have access to opportunities that allow them to build the life they dream of. A democratic LatAm with great leaders.

What do you like the most about Latin America?

People's smiles and warmth; the talent you find anywhere you go. Latin America is pure magic.

Favorite quote

"Each one gives what receives
and then receive what it's givening
everything is that simple
there's no other rule
nothing is loose
everything changes" - Jorge Drexler

#education
#start-ups

#postsecondaryeducation
#edtech

Daniel Uribe

principal

What is the Latin America you want to see in 50 years?  

A region where effort determines social mobility, that prioritizes education as the main tool for its development and that recognizes and admires the role of its educators. A region that cherishes empathy and compassion as core values, where its leaders are capable of dialoguing and building towards the common good in the midst of their differences.

What do you like the most about Latin America?

The cultural blend that makes our identities unique, our biodiversity and natural beauty, and our ability to not take ourselves too seriously.

Favorite quote

“Where is the opposition? In your consciousness. The opposition is not outside. It's the desire that we have to build a little school” – Fernando González

Elisa Mansur

principal

What is the Latin America you want to see in 50 years? 

A region in which every child has the right to play, the access to education, the safety to love and be loved, and the opportunities needed to thrive and be whoever they would like to be.

What do you like the most about Latin America?

The warmth of the people, the beat of popular music, and the affection of its dishes.

Favorite quote

“Nothing we live makes sense if we don’t touch people’s hearts”. – Cora Coralina

#earlychildhood
#philanthropy

#socialjustice
#democracy

Laura Oller

principal

What is the Latin America you want to see in 50 years? 

The richness of our diversity, the power of our creativity, our clever resourcefulness, and the strength of our commitments and words unlocked and expressed in people in decision making positions in the public and private sector, that collaborate to build a Latin America that is prosperous, inclusive, fair, and sustainable.

What do you like the most about Latin America?

The warmth, generosity, and grit of our people. That I feel home, anywhere I go on the continent. Our colorful culture, our music that connects directly with our bodies and souls, our stories, our poetry, our tight hugs, and the shared dreams of equality and freedom. And of course, everything gets better with lemon and salt!

Favorite quote

“Life is like this. Heat and cool. Squeeze then loosen. Calm down and then relax. What she wants from us is courage”. - Guimarães Rosa

advisors

Matthew Bannick

Former managing partner of the Omidyar Network, a philanthropic venture capital firm and pioneering impact investor. Under his leadership, the Omidyar Network invested more than $1.3 billion in early- stage for-profit and social ventures, impacting tens of millions of lives and helping to create new high-impact markets. Prior to joining the Omidyar Network, he served in various senior executive roles, including president of PayPal and president of eBay International. He is a lecturer at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

Karen Sun

Karen is an educator and advisory CTO with global experience researching and building at the intersection of education and technology in for- and non-profit entities. She currently focuses on developing heart-centered programs for equity and access to technological developmental opportunities for underrepresented demographics worldwide. She has led at-scale initiatives such as a digital school for COVID-displaced K12 students in Colombia, digital literacy training and higher education counseling in South Africa, and built adaptive learning classroom tools for millions of students at Quizlet.