Marcela Rentería is the Executive Director of DRCLAS Chile Regional Office (RO). Along with Steve Reifenberg, Marcela co-founded the Chile Office in 2002, Harvard's first-ever university-wide overseas office, serving as a model for international Harvard initiatives for faculty and students. Marcela has extensive experience developing and executing international interdisciplinary academic programs with Harvard faculty, fostering knowledge, dialogue, and reflection in current critical thematic areas, in collaboration and partnership with local academic, government, civil society, and private institutions. Marcela also serves on the Board of Directors for Fundación Tierra Austral and is a former Director of Fundación América Solidaria in Chile.
Previously, she worked as the Regional Program Officer, managing the budget and financial administration for all RO represented countries, strategic programming, and faculty-led projects. As part of the Center's staff and before relocating to Chile, she was the DRCLAS Conference and Public Events Coordinator in Cambridge. She had a particular focus on marketing efforts.
Originally from Colombia with a background in advertising, Marcela worked in Bogotá for five years as a creative copywriter in international advertising agencies, such as Leo Burnett and Saatchi & Saatchi. Marcela holds a Master's (MA) degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University and a BS in Mass Communications, with an emphasis in Organizational Communication, from the Pontificia Universidad Javierana in Bogotá.