Michelle Pedraza began her career providing business and strategy analysis for global markets, and corporate and investment banking in New York. She did this for five years before traveling around the world and volunteering at a variety of places, including organic farms in France and a vegetarian kitchen in London. Following her travels, Michelle served as a director for a beverage distribution microenterprise in Bogotá, Colombia.
After learning first hand about the challenges that microenterprises face in scaling their business, Michelle became interested in entrepreneurial studies and completed a Master’s program at the University of Luxembourg. During her program, she wrote a business plan on an e-bike food delivery service that focused on using healthy ingredients, and she completed a thesis on a solar energy project focused on social benefits for the University’s main campus.
Upon graduation, she researched the circular economy in Luxembourg, and completed the spring internship for the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, where she reviewed and developed commitments for the Market Based Approaches and Food Systems tracks.
Michelle obtained a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the University of Luxembourg, and a Bachelor's in Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Boston University.