Founding Leader, interDUCTUS


Over the last 26 years, Pilar has provided leadership at institutions across the private equity, hospitality, and nonprofit sectors, earning a strong reputation as a business and civic change leader. She is regarded as a strategic, innovative, multidisciplinary, results-oriented change agent passionate about the rise of diverse leadership, promoting equal access to economic opportunity and investing in education.

Pilar is the founding leader of interDUCTUS, an organizational change management consulting practice focused on enhancing the capacity and performance of nonprofit and private enterprises by providing extended leadership and multidisciplinary expertise.

As chief executive officer of New America Alliance, Pilar led implementation of the NAA mission focused on building on American Latino success while bringing diverse leaders and communities together to forge a stronger America. Under her leadership, NAA launched the Access to Investment Capital Initiative which has opened access to billions of dollars for diverse asset managers.

As Palladium Equity Partners Vice President, Pilar was part of the team that raised a historic Hispanic market investment fund of $780 million in 2007. Pilar also provided leadership in amplifying Palladium’s brand positioning and reach in the investment community and the Hispanic market.

Pilar began her career in hospitality management with Hilton International and the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau. As the Bureau transferred her from San Juan to Washington DC, Pilar was immersed in the burgeoning Hispanic market when she joined  the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as a VP of Marketing & Events. 

Pilar is a founding member of the American Jewish Committee’s Latino Jewish Leadership Council, serves on the boards of New America Alliance and BoricuActivate, and is a member of the Association of Change Management Professionals. She has been recognized by the New York State Assembly with the Abrazo Boricua Award and by Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) with the Catalyst Change Agent in Finance Award. 




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