Director, Venture and Fellowship
María José Céspedes leads the Venture and Fellowship initiatives for Ashoka Mexico and Central America, where we identify, select and support leading social entrepreneurs in the region. Before joining Ashoka, María José was executive director at Sanando Heridas A.C., a CSO focused on providing health and education solutions to indigenous communities in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico; and obtained a Master of Development Studies at the University of Sydney, as an Australian Leadership Award fellow. She has participated in economic and social development projects in Mexico, Kenya, Australia and the United States.