Coffee Chat Series Launch

We are happy to announce the launch of an educational series of coffee chats, which will highlight industry leaders in finance. These coffee chats will follow a consistent format where the guest speaker will review her/his personal background, career trajectory, and current role. Each coffee chat will last only one hour and most of the hour will be dedicated to questions from those in attendance. We anticipate the type of questions to range from career advice to forward-looking industry thoughts.
Our first coffee chat will host Gerardo Rodriguez next Wednesday, February 25th from 3-4PM at BlackRock in San Francisco. Gerardo is the former Mexican Undersecretary of Finance and Public Credit and is currently BlackRock’s Head of Emerging Markets Multi-Asset Strategies. Gerardo will be visiting us from New York City.
These coffee chats are informal, but private. We will limit attendance to 30 people. To register, please email Latinos in Finance with your full name, phone number, current firm and title, and anticipated questions. We will confirm your reservation via email and do our best to manage a waiting list. If you are not able to attend this coffee chat or the registration is full, there will be several similar coffee chats this year.
Please find Gerardo's biography below. You can also view his recent CNBC interview on the effects of lower oil prices.
We look forward to your engagement this year.

Gerardo Rodriguez, Managing Director, is Portfolio Manager for the EM Allocation fund and Head of Emerging Markets Multi-Asset Strategies. His responsibilities include the development of Emerging Markets products and the oversight of the EM Platform at BlackRock.
Mr. Rodriguez joined BlackRock in 2013 after a fruitful career of more than 14 years in the Mexican Ministry of Finance where he last served as Undersecretary of Finance and Public Credit. He has extensive experience in macroeconomic policy, financial market development and infrastructure financing/development. 

As Undersecretary, he oversaw all aspects related to the development of the local financial system and international affairs of the Ministry of Finance. His responsibilities included the regulation and supervision of local financial institutions, public debt management and exchange rate and fiscal policy. When Mexico hosted the G20 Summit in 2012, Mr. Rodriguez led the process to increase the resources available for the IMF by more than $450 billion. 

During his tenure at the Ministry of Finance, he was the Head of Public Debt Management from 2005 to 2011, where he was responsible for extending the local yield curve out to 30 years and making the local fixed income market easily accessible abroad. He also designed and launched the Treasury Direct Platform ( to allow individual investors to buy government securities in small denominations via the Internet. Under his leadership the Mexican Government launched a National Infrastructure Fund in 2008 to facilitate the development and financing of new PPP projects.
Mr. Rodriguez earned a BS degree in economics from Universidad de las Americas-Puebla (Mexico) and an MSc in Engineering-Economic Systems and Operations Research from Stanford University.