Renata Soto is a Costa Rican-born social entrepreneur based in Nashville, TN.
She is co-founder and Executive Director of Conexión Américas, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a welcoming community and creating opportunities where Latino families can belong, contribute and succeed in Tennessee since 2002. Every year, Conexión Américas supports more than 8,000 Latino and other immigrant families in achieving their own version of the American dream annually: purchasing homes, starting businesses, learning English, supporting their children’s school
success and path to college, and becoming integral part of Tennessee’s social, cultural and economic vitality.
Renata is the visionary behind Casa Azafrán, the nonprofit collaborative that has become an iconic landmark in Nashville’s urban landscape and a source of local pride and national attention (even
President Obama took notice and hosted there a nationally televised town-hall meeting on immigration policy in 2014.) For this, Renata was named “Nashvillian of the Year” by the Nashville Scene in 2013. More recently, her vision for equitable communities where all residents have access to beautiful shared civic spaces where to play, gather and participate extended further in August 2018 with the opening of Azafrán Park.
Nationally, Renata has served almost 10 years on the board of directors of UnidosUS, formerly the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest Latino advocacy and civil rights organization in the
nation. She currently serves as Immediate Past Chair. As Chair from 2015-2018, she led the board at a critical time as the organization prepared for its 50th anniversary and carried out its historic rebranding from NCLR to UnidosUS.
Renata is from San José, Costa Rica, where she studied Communications at the University of Costa Rica. She also attended Kenyon College, in Ohio, as a one-year visiting student, as well as Georgia
State University, in Atlanta, GA.