Fellows - Carolina Alvarez-Mathies

Carolina Alvarez-Mathies

is a Salvadoran-born, New York-based, arts professional currently serving as director of external affairs at Creative Time, a longtime philanthropist, and El Salvador’s ambassador on special mission for cultural affairs. In 2016, she joined Creative Time, the public-arts nonprofit working with artists to produce large-scale socially engaged projects. Carolina’s role includes full oversight of fundraising, marketing, PR, social media and communications initiatives — leading a department she personally launched to seamlessly integrate the organization’s development and communications strategies. Previously, she served as head of communications at El Museo del Barrio, New York City’s leading Latin American cultural institution. Carolina’s parallel passion, philanthropy, has been central to her life since childhood, with an emphasis on Latin America. Currently she serves on the board of directors of Y.ES Contemporary, dedicated to supporting and developing contemporary art in El Salvador and beyond. While New York is Carolina’s primary residence, she maintains close personal and professional ties to El Salvador. She is co-owner and head of business development at Ceres Estates, her family’s specialty coffee operation dating back to 1895. In addition, she sits on the board of InnoGen Capital, an El Salvador based Venture Capital Fund. In 2017, El Salvador appointed her as its ambassador on special mission for cultural affairs, with the dual goals of strengthening and promoting her country’s culture worldwide (especially among the millions of Salvadorans abroad) and raising the visibility of Salvadoran artists by creating new opportunities for exposure and dialogue around their work. Carolina is a Fellow of the fourteenth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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Republic of El Salvador / Creative Time, Inc.


Ambassador on Special Mission for Cultural Affairs / Director of External Affairs


Fellow CALI 14


Civil Society