Celebrating Women’s History Month: We Move Forward


Monday, March 29, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:00pm



Join the Association of Harvard Latinx Faculty and Staff for an engaging and thought provoking conversation with Marcela Aldaz-Matos, Chairwoman of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) National Board. ALPFA is the largest Latino Professional Association in the country with more than 95,000 members, 44 professional chapters and 150 student chapters across the US. Marcela will lead us in a discussion on how women can galvanize awareness and leverage action to regain their own space and power in the midst of Covid-19. She will also share how allies can be part of the ecosystem to support women empowerment. Amy Elizabeth Soto-Shed from the AHLFS leadership team will be moderating the conversation. 

Marcela’s Biography

Marcela is a business executive with extensive industry experience in financial services, healthcare, and non-profit organizations. She has managed numerous U.S. and international teams locally and internationally. 

As a partner at Surfside Capital Advisors LLC, and Managing Director at MCBI Advisors, she is focused on helping business leaders address strategic business and operational issues to achieve sustainable advantage and success. Her work is anchored on implementing transformative human capital initiatives that directly impact core business strategies. Marcela’s expertise includes organizational design, values-based performance management and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Previously, Marcela was the Inaugural Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for Mass General Brigham (Formerly Partners HealthCare) 

Marcela is a dedicated advocate for women and minorities. She was appointed by Massachusetts’ Governor Charlie Baker to serve on the State’s first Latino Advisory Commission where she is serving her third year. She is also the Board Chair of ALPFA’s National Board of Directors, a professional association with more than 90 thousand members and 150, chapters across the country. Marcela is a member of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network Advisory Board. She is also the Co-chair of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Advisory Committee. In 2018, Marcela was recognized as one of the Top 100 Executive & Emerging Leaders in the USA by Diversity MBA Magazine. In 2015 she received the Women Leadership Achievement Award by the World Women Leadership Congress in India. 

Marcela earned an MBA and post MBA from Simmons College School of Management in Boston.