The Lens:

Tech + Innovation + Equity + Impact

Engineer, venture capitalist, the former head of a nonprofit organization, and a Kauffman Fellow. Professional career has spanned a diverse range of operating and investing environments, from early-stage startups to Fortune 50 companies.

 

Three degrees from MIT and personal journey as a teen mom turned first generation Ivy League college graduate have earned recognition as a trailblazer and inspirational leader by Forbes, Mashable, and CNET.

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Short Bio:

Noramay Cadena is a Founding Partner at Supply Change Capital, an early stage venture capital fund focused on the rise of the rest in food - particularly women and POC who have historically created our food and flavors. They believe they'll take the helm in innovation and build the next generation of iconic brands if catalyzed by funding and support. Previously, Noramay was a Managing Partner at MiLA Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm in Los Angeles investing in tech you can touch.

More broadly in the venture community, Noramay is also a lead investor in Portfolia's Rising America Fund investing in Latinx, Black and LGBTQ founders, an advisory board member of the Homeboy Industries Ventures and Jobs Fund, and a founding board member of Latinx VC, an organization increasing the Latino ecosystem of funders and founders. Noramay was also appointed to the board of the Housing Authority Commission of Los Angeles (HACLA) by Mayor Eric Garcetti; HACLA is the second largest housing authority in the nation.

In 2020, she was named one of 50 renowned women in robotics and one of the top 100 influential Latinas in the United States. Noramay is a Kauffman Fellow and holds a MBA, a Master’s in Engineering Systems and a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering – all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).