Alejandro Manzanares is a Senior Program Manager at the Aspen Institute’s Latinos & Society Program, where he manages a new initiative on supporting the recovery and growth of Latino-owned businesses.
Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Alejandro worked as a Program Manager at the National League of Cities, where he helped build the City Innovation Ecosystems commitment program from a pilot program, into what is now a successful established and national program with secured multi-year 7 figure digit funding. The program asks Mayors to identify roadblocks to innovation, entrepreneurship, and STEM, and partner with companies, entrepreneurial support organizations (ESO’s), universities, foundations and entrepreneurs to commit to equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem building solutions.
Prior to joining NLC, Alejandro supported the launch and worked as a Co-Founding member for the 32nd global Endeavor office in Puerto Rico, a global non-profit organization focused on transforming emerging markets economies by identifying and supporting high impact entrepreneurs. Prior to Endeavor, Alejandro worked as a management consultant serving the public sector at V2A, a boutique strategic consulting firm based in Puerto Rico. Alejandro also supported the growth of Gustazos.com, were he held leadership positions and supported the company’s Business development and international expansion efforts and played a key role in achieving organizational growth. Alejandro also was a co-founder of Merodea.com.
While completing his master’s degree in Boston, MA, Alejandro founded an advocacy movement around issues of economic justice that affect the residents of Puerto Rico. Prior leadership experiences include serving as a Board Member for the Center for Research and Public Policy in Puerto Rico. Alejandro has also been selected as a Global Shaper, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, a HIVE Global Leaders Participant, and a Starting Bloc Social Innovation Fellow.
Alejandro holds an MPA from Northeastern University in Boston, with a focus on urban affairs, and BA from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, and a management certificate from the Harvard Business School Online.