Lynda Y. de la Viña is the executive director of the Center for Global Entrepreneurship. Throughout her academic tenure, de la Viña has served as the Dean of the UTSA College of Business from 2004-2012 and as associate dean of the Graduate Division of Business and Management and chair of the Department of Finance and International Business at Johns Hopkins University.
In 1998, she was a presidential appointee to the U.S. Department of Treasury and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy until 2001. Although her work portfolio was expansive dealing with domestic and international economic policy issues, she led Treasury teams on issues of personal commitment such as financial literacy, entrepreneurship development and U.S.-Mexico border development.
De la Viña co-founded two companies - Nightwave Records in Los Angeles, CA and Operational Technologies Corporation (OpTech) in San Antonio, TX. Under her tenure, OpTech rose from a small incubator operation in downtown San Antonio to one of the largest minority-owned businesses in San Antonio. OpTech specializes world-wide in information systems, secure communications and biotechnology with operations in Mexico and the U.S. She continues to serve on the Board of Directors of OpTech.
De la Viña received her master's and doctorate in economics from Rice University and her bachelor's in government and economics from UT-Pan American. She was the first Mexican-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in economics in the United States and the first Mexican-American woman at the secretarial level of The U.S. Treasury.
Onur Bayar, assistant professor of finance
Ph.D. Boston College
Cory Hallam, director of the Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Anita Leffel, assistant director of the Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship
Ph.D. Texas A&M University