Roxana Newton

Roxana_Photo_WebsiteRoxana joined the Whole Planet Foundation in February 2016 as a Program Manager overseeing the U.S, Latin America and Caribbean portfolio. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University, she joined the Master’s International Program at the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies. After completing her course work, Roxana joined the Peace Corps as a Community Economic Development Advisor in Costa Rica. Her primary projects over the two-year period  (2007 — 2009) included working with local business owners on an individual basis,  a women’s group and a local community credit organization. 

Following the Peace Corps, Roxana moved back to the United States to continue her work in community and economic development. Her most recent experience includes managing a state-wide grant focused on job creation and workforce development with a special focus on rural Texas. Prior to joining the State, she was the Director of the ACCION Texas Women’s Business Center in San Antonio. She was responsible for establishing a network of volunteers and stakeholders, managing a team that provided technical assistance to small business owners and working with the loan officers to ensure their clients were ready to access capital. 

Roxana loves hiking, discovering new parks, exploring small, rural towns and Austin’s country music scene.