Mario serves as the founding Director of the Turner Family
Center for Social Ventures (TFC) at Vanderbilt University, a new center that
serves as a resource and thought leader for people across the university
interested in combining revenue-generating businesses with social impact
objectives. The TFC is focused on serving as a hub for graduate student
resources, fellowship, collaboration, and partnership—across multiple graduate
schools—further promoting responsible business practices and shaping future leaders
of our domestic and international communities. Most recently, Mario was the CEO
of Emerge and founder of Contigo Financial, a socially-responsible consumer
lender headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. His management experience
includes finance, education and consulting in three different countries. He was
a Fellow of Vanderbilt’s Cal Turner program for Moral Leadership in the
Professions and helped develop a hybrid housing-microfinance model to finance
mortgage needs of people at the base of the pyramid in Central America.
Mario serves on various boards including Conéxion Americas, is the Chairman of the Nashville Social Enterprise Alliance, and serves as an advisor for the Mayor’s Office “Children’s Champions” council as they work to create a social impact bond to fund early childhood education. He was recently selected to represent Nashville as one of Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders which brings together some of the country’s top leaders who are working across sectors to help their communities prosper.
Mario earned his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College where he was a member of the football team. He received his MBA from Vanderbilt University and served as the President of the student government.
MBA, Vanderbilt, 2012
A.B., Spanish Language, Culture & Society, Dartmouth College, 2004