Born in Colombia, South America. B.S. in Animal Science from University of LaSalle in Bogota (1992). Upon graduation worked for local and international NGO’s in coffee and other agricultural commodities mostly on implementation of sustainability programs at the farm level in Central and South America. In 2000, moved to Chicago to pursue a MBA at the University of Illinois and in 2004 to Texas for a Masters in Agribusiness at Texas A&M. Early in 2006, worked as a business analyst for JBS-Swift. In mid 2007, moved to Seattle to work for Starbucks as a Senior Financial Analyst for the international markets. Then moved to the Ethical Sourcing Manager position early in 2009, to manage the Cocoa and Tea ethical sourcing programs, stakeholder relationship for the coffee ethical sourcing program as well as the Farmer Loans program.