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Meet Our Class of 2018 Fellows: Adrianna Samaniego

Updated: Oct 18, 2018

Columbia Business School

Adrianna Samaniego formerly served as Co-founder & CEO at Area 120, Google's Startup Incubator. In this role she lead her team to rapidly build and launch a new product with a mission of Empowering minority and women owned/led businesses to unlock untapped economic potential for their businesses and community. Adrianna formerly launched and led Google's Global Supplier Diversity function that created over $1B in economic opportunity for diverse businesses. Adrianna has spent the last eight years working at Google, where she realized her passion to bridge the digital divide and create economic impact for disadvantaged communities. Prior to Google, Adrianna worked at Goldman Sachs. Adriannas excellence in the workplace and community has been recognized on many occasions, including, University of Georgia’s 40 Under 40, Silicon Valley Latino Emerging Leader Award, Hispanic Association of Corporate Responsibility Young Corporate Achiever Award, Google Diversity Award, B2B Vertical Leadership Award, and most recently, Technology Industry Group Top Innovator Award, Top Latinas at Tech Giants, conferred by Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology magazine. Outside of Google, she serves on the board for San Francisco Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), is a founding member of the Latino Community Foundation Latinx LGBTQ+ Giving Circle, Advisory Council for Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Advisory Board for US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and is an avid traveler. Adrianna graduated from the Terry College of Business in 2010 with a degree in Finance and currently lives in Oakland, California with her partner Angelica and their dog Nala. Adrianna Samaniego is of Mexican descent and was born and raised in the small border town of Douglas, Arizona.

What made you consider business school?

I want to invest in myself and I will also be the first in my family to receive a masters.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?

Learning from peers and having the opportunity for self reflection and exploration.

Who are some leaders (in the LGBT community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?

Barbara Gitting, Nina Vaca, Warren Buffet, & Ellen DeGeneres,

What's one thing everyone should know about you?

I am an innovator always looking to drive impact.