Alejandro Velez is co-founder of Back to the Roots (www.bttrventures.com), and founder and board chairman of the successful and largest UC Berkeley non-profit organization, The Sage Mentorship Project Inc. (www.sagementors.org), a 1,000+ member mentoring program that creates individual, one-on-one pairings between UC Berkeley mentors and low-income Berkeley and Oakland elementary school students.
Velez is a May 2009 summa cum laude graduate of UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business with a degree in business administration and a minor in education. Prior to changing career paths when he co-founded Back to the Roots on his last semester in college, Velez had worked as a summer financial investment banking analyst at various financial services institutions and a telecom company including Citigroup, UBS, Morgan Stanley, and Qualcomm.
Velez was born in Medellin, Colombia and moved to the states with his mother, brother and $5K in his mother’s pocket. He learned English from scratch in a small town in Michigan and after overcoming cancer (Hodgkin’s Lymphoma) through 4 successful rounds of chemotherapy, his academic and athletic success led him to UC Berkeley’s Men’s Tennis Team.
Velez was named the 2009 Cal Alumni Association Undergraduate of the Year and was awarded the Chancellor’s highest honor for a graduating senior: the 2009 Good Citizen Award for his highest commitment to the community. Velez has been named 2010 PODER Magazine’s 20 Influential Hispanics Under 40, one of BusinessWeek’s Top 25 Entrepreneurs under 25, one of BusinessWeek’s Top 25 Social Entrepreneurs in America, UCLA’s Opportunity Green Top 25 Green Company Leaders and one of the 2010 Social Venture Network Social Innovation winners.
Hispanic-Net 2012 Annual Dinner
This year's Hispanic-Net Annual dinner will be held Saturday October 13, 2012 at the Stanford Faculty Club. Tickets may be purchased online.