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Renata Soto is a Costa Rican-born social entrepreneur based in Nashville, TN. She is a 2020-2021 fellow at Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative, where she is launching Mosaic Changemakers, a nonprofit organization seeking to elevate, support and connect Black, Latinx and other leaders of color in the American
South who are advancing social, economic and racial justice. Mosaic aspires to build a Black/Brown/Gold network of mutual support and collaboration.
Until May 2019 she led Conexión Américas, the nonprofit organization she co-founded in 2002 to serve Tennessee’s Latino and other immigrant communities.
She was the visionary behind Casa Azafrán, a nonprofit collaborative 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 served for 10 years on the board of directors of UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza), the nation's largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization. She served as board chair from 2015-2018.
She studied Communications at the University of Costa Rica. She also attended Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Renata is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship.