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Renata Soto is a Costa Rican-born social entrepreneur. She is co-founder and executive director of Conexión Américas, a nonprofit organization based in Nashville, TN founded in 2002 to promote the social, economic and civic integration of Latino families into the Tennessee community.
She is the visionary behind Casa Azafrán, a nonprofit collaborative that opened in 2012 and houses Conexión Américas and eight other groups under one roof. Standing at the gateway to Nashville's most international and ethnically diverse neighborhood, Casa Azafrán is nationally recognized as a model for nonprofit innovation, collaboration and placemaking. Even President Obama took noticed and visited to host a town hall on immigration policy in 2014.
Nationally, Renata serves as immediate past chair of the board of directors of UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza), the nation's largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization. Renata was named "Nashvillian of the Year" by the weekly magazine The Nashville Scene in 2013. She is from Costa Rica, where she studied Communications at the University of Costa Rica. She also attended Kenyon College, in Ohio, and Georgia State University, in Atlanta, Georgia. Renata is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship.