Marcela Rentería is the Executive Director for the Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Regional Office (RO). Along Steve Reifenberg, Marcela is one of the co-founders of the Regional Office, Harvard’s first-ever, university-wide overseas office, and a model for Harvard international initiatives in other parts of Latin America and in Asia. She oversees DRCLAS RO initiatives and programs for faculty, students, administrators and alumni in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Peru. Marcela has more than 15 years of experience in Higher Education with Harvard University, focusing on Global Education and innovative efforts in the Region. She is also one of the co-founders and leaders of Harvard's Recupera Chile initiative, an ongoing multidisciplinary, disaster-recovery project working in communities devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of February 2010. Currently, Marcela serves on the Boards of America Solidaria and Fundación de Conservación Tierra Austral and is a member of the Advisory Council for Corporación Amigos de los Parques de la Patagonia in Chile.
Previously, and since the Regional Office's founding, she worked as Program Officer, managing the budgets and financial administration for all RO represented countries, strategic development, and faculty-led projects. Previously, she was part of the Center’s staff in Cambridge, working as Conference and Public Events Coordinator, with a particular focus on marketing efforts.
A native of Colombia and with a background in advertising, Marcela worked in Bogotá for five years as a creative copywriter in international advertising agencies such as Leo Burnett and Saatchi & Saatchi. Marcela holds a Master's degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University and a B.S. in Mass Communications, with an emphasis in Organizational Communication, from the Pontificia Universidad Javierana in Bogotá.