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Carolina Garcia Jayaram

Carolina Garcia Jayaram

Carolina García Jayaram is the Founding CEO of The Elevate Prize Foundation, a global purpose-driven nonprofit that serves to amplify social impact and empower passionate problem solvers, leaders, and innovators.

García Jayaram has over two decades of experience in leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to enriching and shaping social impact, philanthropy, and culture. She is a devoted advocate for the democratization of philanthropy, increasing the visibility of changemakers on mainstream platforms to deepen their impact and the creation of pathways for everyone to take action and ignite social change.

She most recently served as CEO & president of the National Young Arts Foundation and, prior to that, as president & CEO of United States Artists, where she created a funder coalition endowment to help support the country’s most accomplished artists.

Previously, García Jayaram was the executive director of the Chicago Artists Coalition. While there, she was a member of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Cultural Advisory Council and was named “Chicagoan of the Year in the Arts” by the Chicago Tribune.

Currently, García Jayaram serves as a Member of Fast Company’s Social Impact Council; as a founding Ambassador for Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace, and Security; on the Advisory Committee for the University of Miami School of Law’s LLM Program in Sports, Arts + Entertainment Law; and as a Board member of Stanford University’s Digital Cities + Global Projects Center.

She is of Cuban and Spanish descent, and currently resides in Miami Beach, Florida with her husband and two sons.