Senior Director, Strategic Business Development
His early life experiences during a violent and convoluted civil war period in a third world country also marked him permanently, and left within him a latent desire to pursue a career that had social and political impact. After several stints in the for-profit arena, he eventually found his way into the exciting world of nonprofit technology. This started in the heyday of Facebook, where he cut his teeth in social media by founding Política Stereo, the first major online debate forum for the venting of pressing political and social issues in El Salvador (a page with close to 100,000 fans that he still maintains as part of a local initiative for social dialogue).
Mariano enjoys a delicate blend of classic rock, heavy metal, gangsta rap, smooth electronica and chill lounge music. He is a patron of local music and actively supports the Austin music scene through Black Fret, a 501c(3) public charity that is built upon the simple principle that our local music, like the symphony and the opera, is worthy of the community’s support. In his spare time he loves hanging out in the tropical paradises of Central America, scuba diving, surfing and lounging in the pool with his wife Gabriela and three kids, Gaby, Lucia and Mariano Jr.
Mariano grew up in El Salvador, Central America. He attended the same K-12 American school during 13-years, a unique educational experience he remembers fondly. Upon graduating from high school he entered the University of Texas at Austin, obtaining a dual degree in Marketing and Finance with dual minors in Psychology and German. He’d later return to UT to complete a degree in Industrial Psychology with an aim to one day become a Clinical Psychologist, but the lure of international business travel led him to obtain an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona.
Mariano joined Charity Dynamics after a leadership role at Small World Labs, where he worked closely with top global and national nonprofit organizations to better understand, engage, and serve their key audiences and constituents. He was responsible for an unprecedented, multi-year expansion of the companies’ online community platform install base by building deep relationships with key internal business stakeholders.