Meet Alex Páramo
An ongoing series from The Alumni Society spotlighting its impressive members
Alma mater: Stanford | Location: Chicagoland area
Where are you from?
I grew up in Joliet, Illinois and my family is from Cuamio, Michoacan, Mexico.
What do you do?
I am an investment banker at Cabrera Capital, focusing on mergers and acquisitions advisory. Most recently I was the inaugural chief of staff to the CEO, where I supported the firm’s business development, strategy, and operations, as well as our national policy advocacy and social impact projects. In addition, I am the founder and president of the Joliet Latino Economic Development Association (LEDA), which works to provide individuals and businesses with the resources to grow and contribute to the local community.
What is a career accomplishment you’re proud of?
One of the phrases I try to abide by is that success is not escaping where you are from, it is transforming it. I was one of the first students to attend Stanford from my high school and I received a scholarship from the Hispanic Latino Coalition. Now, through LEDA, I have paid back my scholarship 10x over and hope to continue to grow that.
In the spirit of giving and receiving, what do you seek from this network and what do you want to contribute?
I look to build relationships with Latinos who want to excel in their career and life but understand the importance of contributing back to their communities. Likewise, I hope to contribute my experiences in financial services and community economic development.
What is a fun fact about you that you’d like to share with the network?
I learned how to play the accordion through YouTube videos.