Simone Castillo

President and Founder, Velvet Canary Advisors

Simone Castillo is the President and Founder of Velvet Canary Advisors, a business management firm committed to streamlining business processes, building financial resilience tools, and equipping changemakers working to catalyze historically excluded communities.

Over the last two decades, Simone has excelled as a dynamic champion transforming business fundamentals into actionable change for Fortune 500s, global-NGOs and small business.  Some of the notable for profits Simone has worked with include KPMG, NBC Universal and venture backed start-ups based in southern Africa and the Caribbean.  Simone has also developed and implemented operational strategies for mission driven leaders including the United Nations, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID.

As a native New Yorker raised by immigrant parents seeking greater economic opportunities in the United States, she carries on their legacy as an inclusive economy advocate offering her expertise and resources to the Girl Scouts of the USA, Harlem Children’s Zone, and Pipeline Angels.

Simone received her Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School and her Bachelor of International Relations & Economics from Tufts University.