Cate Ambrose is President and Executive Director of the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA), a non-profit membership organization comprised of over 170 firms that control assets in excess of US$60b directed at capitalizing and growing Latin American businesses. LAVCA member firms include many of the world’s largest asset managers through to local PE and VC firms from Mexico to Argentina. She speaks and writes regularly on a range of topics related to public policy and private investment in Latin America, is a regular commentator on CNN En Español, Bloomberg, and Fox Business, and a guest lecturer at The Wharton School. Prior to joining LAVCA, Cate was Chief of Advocacy for the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, a United Nations initiative co-chaired by Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto and former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Until 2005, Cate was Executive Director of Programs at The Economist, where she chaired conferences on finance, business strategy, and public policy in the US and Latin America. Cate began her career as a journalist in Spain. She holds an MPA in International Economic Policy from Columbia University, and received her BA in Latin American studies from St Lawrence University and the University of Madrid.
Cate has been member of the Youth INC Board of Directors since 2015 and serves as a BridgeFund Grant Monitor.