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Renata Soto is a Costa Rican-born social entrepreneur based in Nashville, TN. After almost 25 years in the nonprofit sector, in 2020 she will be a fellow at Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative.
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 that opened in 2012 and houses several organizations 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 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. Renata was named "Nashvillian of the Year" by the weekly magazine The Nashville Scene in 2013.
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.