Fellows - Carolina Alvarez-Mathies

Carolina Alvarez-Mathies

Carolina Alvarez-Mathies is a Dallas-based Salvadoran arts professional working on strategy-building across creative industries with an emphasis on the intersection of art and social impact. She currently serves as Deputy Director at Dallas Contemporary.

From marketing/communications strategy to business development and fundraising, Carolina’s innovative approach to building sustainable nonprofits led her to become Director of External Affairs at Creative Time, the New York-based public arts non-profit. During her tenure there, she seamlessly integrated the communications and development departments to foster intrapreneurship and innovative thinking in a rapidly changing fundraising climate.

Previously, she served as Head of Communications at El Museo del Barrio, New York City’s leading Latin American cultural institution.

Carolina serves on the Board of Directors of Y.ES Contemporary, dedicated to supporting and developing contemporary art in El Salvador and beyond, and is a Fellow of the fourteenth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative, making her a member of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network.

From 2017 to 2019, Carolina served as El Salvador’s 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.

In addition, she is co-owner and head of business development at Ceres Estates, her family’s El Salvador based specialty-coffee operation, dating back to 1895.

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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