Felipe Medina

Transforming Philanthropy Initiative

Felipe Medina leads the Transforming Philanthropy Initiative. This initiative creates a community of strategic philanthropists to facilitate collaboration and exchanges of best practices and lessons learned with the objective of increasing volume of effective social investments in Latin America. Medina spends twenty five percent of his time analyzing and researching philanthropy and social investment trends. He is particularly interested in studying projects that generate sustainable development in Latin America.  His focus is on the obstacles that exist in creating a culture of philanthropy in Latin America and the motivations for US based philanthropists to get involved in international philanthropy.

Medina is chairman of the board of directors of Give to Colombia and Enseña por Colombia, and serves on the board of advisors of Lumni and LeapFrog Investments.  He is a member of the steering groups for both the Global Philanthropy Forum and the Philanthropy Center at the Adolfo Ibañez University.  Medina is also a member of the Global Advisory Council of Acumen and Teach for All. He is the chair of the board of directors of L’Atelier, a Reggio Emilia inspired pre-school that he founded with his wife Simonetta. L’Atelier is working with several organizations to establish Reggio Emilia inspired early education centers.

Medina began his career at Goldman Sachs in 1990, managing assets for Latin American clients. Between 2000 and 2003, he was the regional director for Latin America’s private wealth management. Currently, Medina manages relationships with some of the most influential families and individuals in the region. He is a member of the Private Wealth Philanthropy Advisory Committee of Goldman Sachs.

Medina holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in economics and civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.