Bio


Jovanna Alvarez is pursuing her MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Most recently, she was the Investment Fund Manager and a Business Development Advisor at Ongoza, a startup accelerator for early-stage businesses in Kenya, providing one year of customized weekly business coaching and access to venture funding in order to propel growth. Previously, she was an investment banker at Citi where she spent two years in the Media & Telecom team in NYC and one year in the Madrid, Spain office.

Jovanna holds a B.A. in Public Policy with a specialization in Business & Finance from the University of Chicago. While at UChicago, she served as Co-President of the Women in Business organization, worked at the UChicago Hospitals in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity and the UChicago Careers in Business Program.

She is a member of, and remains actively involved with, five nonprofit organizations: Questbridge, Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), Sponsorship for Educational Opportunity (SEO) and Robert Toigo Foundation.

Jovanna’s professional interests include exploring the interconnection between measurable social and environmental impact and competitive financial returns in order to create meaningful long-term change.

Education & Certifications


  • B.A., University of Chicago, Public Policy (2015)