Carolina García Jayaram
Carolina Garcia Jayaram is the Founding Executive Director of The Elevate Prize Foundation, a global purpose-driven nonprofit that serves to amplify social impact and empower passionate problem solvers, leaders, and innovators. García Jayaram has over two decades of experience in leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to enriching and shaping social impact, philanthropic, and cultural communities. She most recently served as CEO & president of the National YoungArts Foundation and, prior to that, as president & CEO of United States Artists, where she managed $25M in unrestricted awards to the country’s most accomplished artists. Previously, García Jayaram was the executive director of the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC). While there, she was a member of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Cultural Advisory Council and was named “Chicagoan of the Year in the Arts” by the Chicago Tribune. Currently, García Jayaram is a member of the Fast Company Impact Council, an invitation-only collective of innovative leaders and the most creative people in business. She also serves on the Advisory Council for Ruth’s List Florida and on the Latin American and Latinx Committee for the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). García Jayaram received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law, where she is now an adjunct professor as well as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Art + Sports Law LLM program. She is of Cuban and Spanish descent, and currently resides in Miami Beach, Florida with her husband and two sons.