Marynee Pontes

As the Deputy Director of the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) team, Marynee oversees the growth and development of the ICCC program, from cultivating and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders to supporting the expansion to different markets and demographics. In addition, she leads recruitment for ICCC cohorts in Chicago, Memphis, and other major cities. Lastly, Marynee manages all ICCC internal and external communication, along with the Milkcrate Program Engagement App developed for participants.

In her spare time, Marynee serves as a Board Member and Co-Chair of the DEI Committee for Strong Women, Strong Girls (SWSG), a nonprofit that empowers young girls in under-resourced communities through positive mentoring relationships, as well as the Director of Development for the Kriola’s Professional Association, an international professional association for Cabo Verdean women.

Prior to joining ICIC, Marynee was a Project Manager with Studio 189, an ethical fashion social enterprise based in Accra, Ghana that worked to create sustainable livelihoods for female artisans. She was responsible for managing their clothing production factory, where she provided financial literacy and development trainings to artisan workers, and utilized data and research to increase efficiency and sustain high wages for workers.

Marynee holds a B.A. in International Relations, Economics, and Africana Studies from Tufts University.


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