Manager, Capital Strategies
Ana is constantly radically reimagining a better world for everyone. Her passion for equitable and sustainable economic development has been a driving force throughout her life. Through personal, academic and professional experience she learned that equitable access to economic resources is a key factor in creating sustainable and thriving communities for all.
In her role at Common Future as Manager of Capital Strategies, Ana is a core contributor and support to the development and structuring of pilot products and innovative initiatives, specifically around impact investment capital that has the potential to transform the field. She operationalizes Common Future’s management and oversight of capital products and plays a lead role in cross-team collaboration to identify new and impactful potential ways to move capital equitably. Prior to this role Ana was the Manager of Programs and Grantmaking for Common Future, where she led on operation execution of grants management and coordination processes and ensured that the right people are connecting at the right time.
In her previous roles at The Food Trust, she worked closely with entrepreneurs in Camden, New Jersey leading a small retailer initiative. By the time of her departure, Ana secured a partnership with a local CDFI and a cooperative development agency to support a subset of retailers with access to capital and forming their own cooperative. In addition, she managed the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative, a statewide public-private program that invests in new or expanding grocery stores and other healthy food retail outlets. In other roles at The Food Trust she worked on a bi-national healthy food initiative in the Paso del Norte Region (which includes El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico). As a daughter of entrepreneurs (and a social entrepreneur herself), she knows first hand the impact that these programs have on our communities.
Ana holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Management and is deeply rooted in the Philadelphia community. But she is a true Caribbean at heart. Originally from the Dominican Republic, she is blessed to visit the islands often. When not at work you can find her working on her social enterprise, Colectiva Clara, crafting, going on long walks in her neighborhood, dancing at home with her partner, cooking/eating and playing and learning with her daughter/bestie.