Impact Economy Foundation Board

Jocelyn Cortez-Young

Board member


Jocelyn Cortez-Young is the Founder and CEO of Minerva Capital Group, a U.S. based double bottom line impact investment firm focusing on private equity. 

Prior to founding Minerva Capital Group, Cortez-Young’s career included management roles with significant responsibility at three premier investment companies. At Citibank, she directed capital markets investments for a US$ 6 billion investment portfolio. Her responsibilities included developing hedging strategies, managing portfolio risk, and overall asset allocation for some of Latin America's wealthiest families.

At Credit Suisse First Boston, she had responsibility for a derivative and hedging strategy of a US$ 500 million emerging market portfolio.

At Goldman Sachs, where she began her career, she was responsible for overseas expansion of the firm’s Brazilian and Mexican operations. Her responsibilities included assessing foreign exchange, political and reputational exposure for the firm’s equities, and options business in specific Latin American markets.

At the first White House Hispanic Business Leaders’ Forum held in 2013, Jocelyn Cortez-Young was recognized as a seasoned leader and a pioneer in impact investing.

She regularly gives lectures at MIT's Sloan School of Management, Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, and Merrill Lynch. She frequently appears on CNN (in English and Spanish) and has contributed to publications throughout Latin America.

Cortez-Young is a member of the Alumni Board Council of the Kellogg School of Management, and serves as the Chapter Board Member for the Young Presidents’ Organization - Women's YPO Regional Officer for the Americas.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University's Stern School of Business; an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, and an Executive Education Certification from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.