The role will focus on expanding entrepreneurial support programming at Cortex and CET, with an emphasis on underrepresented communities


The Cortex Innovation Community welcomes Gabriela Ramiréz-Arellano as the Director of Entrepreneurship and Executive Director of the Center For Emerging Technologies (CET). In this role, Ramírez-Arellano will drive Cortex’s focus on advancing equitable outcomes for underrepresented communities through Cortex’s programmatic offerings. She will also oversee the operations for CET, Missouri’s largest and oldest Innovation Center. Ramírez-Arellano will officially join the Cortex leadership team on January 19, 2021.

“We are thrilled to welcome Gabriela to the Cortex team. She brings the knowledge, experience and drive needed to support St. Louis entrepreneurs, particularly those who are underrepresented in the ecosystem,“ said Sam Fiorello, President and CEO, Cortex Innovation Community.

Ramírez-Arellano is originally from Guanajuato, Mexico and has a passion for and commitment to helping people in marginalized communities. Ramírez-Arellano will maintain her roles as the Executive Director of the BALSA Foundation; the host of Auténtico, a bilingual podcast that empowers and showcases bilingual Latinx professionals and small business owners, and partnership at STLJuntos, a non-profit focused on providing resources for Latinx communities needing language access, information, and resources due to the pandemic.

Gabriela Ramírez-Arellano has been recognized as a thought-leader in social innovation and entrepreneurship and was named one of the Top 100 people to know in St. Louis to succeed in business and a Diverse Business Leader in the St. Louis region. She has appeared on St. Louis Public Radio, featured in the STL101 Speaker Series, and on various panels covering topics from food entrepreneurship and construction to minority certification. Gabriela has been recognized as a Diversity Champion by the MO Department of Transportation and a Diversity and Inclusion Champion by the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers.

Ramírez-Arellano holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Missouri - Columbia and an MBA from Lindenwood University. She is most proud of raising amazing children who are changing the world in their respective interests.


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