Christopher Romano has been named the new chief operating officer for the Center for Economic Inclusion (the Center).
Romano most recently served as the director of Strategic Operations for Thrivent Holdings, a division of Thrivent Financial.
“The COO role with the Center for Economic Inclusion embodies the alignment of my work experience, professional strengths and personal passions in a way that is extremely exciting to me,” Romano said. “I truly believe the Center is poised for great impact and success and I feel blessed to be part of developing and implementing its vision for a just and equitable environment for all.”
Prior to his tenure at Thrivent, Romano served as executive director for the Riverview Economic Development Association. He also led youth programming at La Oportunidad (Minneapolis) and served with the Peace Corps in Nicaragua as a Small Business Development Consultant.
“Chris’ operations experience, authentic approach to leadership and experience advancing racial and economic equity will advance our work in myriad of ways as we accelerate the path toward an inclusive and equitable regional economy that works for everyone,” said Tawanna Black, founder and CEO of the Center for Economic Inclusion. “I am honored to welcome Chris to our team and look forward to working with him to develop a nimble and rigorous infrastructure to support our dynamic vision.”
Romano currently serves as chairman of the Latino Economic Development Center and is on the board of directors for Exodus Lending. He is a former Bush Fellow and was recognized as a National Society of Hispanic MBAs Fellow as well as a Sunquist Global MBA Fellow.