Javier has 20+ years of experience as an investor, entrepreneur, operating executive, and policy maker. He is Director of SupportPay, Board Member of Harvard Business School's Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, Mentor at Techstars, and Trustee of the Organization of American States’ Pan American Development Foundation.
Prior to Fenway Summer, President Obama appointed him as U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA’s) Associate Administrator, Chief of Investment & Innovation. Since inception, the programs he led have invested over $120 billion 320,000 + high-growth startups and small businesses.
He oversaw the $26 billion AUM Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program, the ~$3 billion/year Small Business Innovation Research & Small Business Technology Transfer program (SBIR & STTR), and the Growth Accelerator Fund supporting 100’s of accelerators around the country. He sat on various White House councils focused on economic, innovation and financial policy and was a member of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC’s) Committee on Small and Emerging Companies.
In the recent past, Javier held short-term roles at Columbia University's Columbia Technology Ventures, Georgetown University's Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, and Stanford University's Latino Leadership Initiative.
Before his public service and academia-related roles, he advised Pacific Community Ventures, a $100 million mission-driven venture fund and Aspen Grove Capital, an approximately $2.3 billion family office. Before that he was Managing Director at The GEM Group, an emerging and frontier markets alternative investment firm, a Principal at Paradigm Group, a venture capital fund, and an Advisor at Bridgewater Associates, a hedge fund with approximately $160 billion in assets. He has invested or advised companies in a wide range of industries and has co-founded several, including Air America Media, a national broadcasting network.
His foundational career years were spent in engineering and manufacturing roles at Abbott Laboratories and advising companies as a consultant at two firms, Booz | Allen | Hamilton and McKinsey & Company.
Javier is a thought leader on early stage investing, impact capital, STEM-driven entrepreneurship, financial inclusion, diversity, business acceleration, social innovation, new economy policy and digital finance. He holds an MBA from Harvard, an MS from Illinois Institute of Technology and a BS from Purdue University.