Rodrigo Vela, Chief Financial Officer, joined RDF in 2011; and is responsible for directing all financial, accounting, and treasury activities for the fund; and participating with the Executive Leadership Team in the development of the organization’s strategic plan. In this capacity, he has negotiated and closed nearly $200 million in credit facilities. He assumed his current position in 2012 after serving as Director of Finance; and as an investment professional on RDF’s Education Finance Team, where he advised both private and public schools on facilities financing needs and overall performance.
Before joining RDF, Mr. Vela worked with Latino oriented companies in Southern California in both finance and general management capacities, on strategic planning; systems implementation and controls; financial analysis; and capital raising.
Mr. Vela holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Monterrey Institute of Technology in México; and a master’s in business administration from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. He is Secretary of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders and past President of its Phoenix chapter; and serves on the Board of Catholic Education Arizona.