Before NPX, Catarina was the VP, Development at the nonprofit buildOn. During her five-year tenure, she expanded the donor base and raised awareness for buildOn’s domestic and international programs. Despite her great passion for the work, she was frustrated by the inefficient fundraising model and felt motivated to explore a new approach.
Prior to buildOn, Catarina was the Co-Founder of Flicka Boutique, a Scandinavian fashion and design store in San Francisco selected as a must-visit destination by InStyle and Lucky magazines.
Catarina’s desire to start her own business came from her previous experience at the venture capital firm, Arts Alliance where she invested in early stage technology companies in Europe and the United States. In 2001, she moved to San Francisco to join one of the portfolio companies as the Director of Strategy to deepen her operating experience.
Throughout Catarina’s career she has dedicated her time to her alma maters, Princeton University and Phillips Exeter Academy, and various nonprofits. She currently serves on the buildOn Global Leadership Council, Common Sense Media Bay Area Council, Katherine Delmar Burke School Board, and NationSwell Council.
She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children. In her downtime, she enjoys yoga, skiing, photography, visiting her extended family in Europe and traveling to new places.