Mariana Guevara

Date: 08.31.2020

Professional Category: International Trade


Mariana works as an International Business Development Specialist at the Sacramento Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Export Center, helping minority business enterprises expand into foreign markets, with a focus on Asia. Prior to joining the center, Mariana completed an internship at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City with the U.S. Commercial Service, helping U.S. companies to increase their exports to Mexico as part of the Embassy's mission. Prior to doing her internship abroad, Mariana first obtained her international experience at the U.S. Commercial Service in Sacramento, where she worked alongside the director to help small and medium-sized companies. EDUCATION California State University, Sacramento December, 2018 BS, Business Administration; Major: International Business; Minor: Marketing Sacramento, CA  Dean’s honor list 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018  Studied abroad in Valladolid, Spain during spring 2017 semester (University of Valladolid)  Member of Alpha Phi Omega Co-Ed Service Fraternity, and Association of Latino Professionals for America SKILLS & INTERESTS  Skills: Account management; project management; research; marketing; strategic partnerships; PPT presentations; Spanish fluency; reporting and analysis;  Interests: sustainability; politics; traveling; interior design; dogs; fitness and wellness

Professional experience

CalAsian Chamber - 04.2020 until now - 3 years and 1 months

International Business Development Specialist Sacramento, CA  Provide personalized technical assistance to clients by discussing their export strategy, marketing plan, and different sales channels.  Support the planning and coordination of meetings with U.S. businesses, foreign buyers, consulates, and top-level officials, as well as transitioned workshops into webinars amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  Participate in networking activities to recruit qualifying minority business enterprises. Follow up with the prospective client leads to introduce the center's services, opportunities, and resources.

CalAsian Chamber - 11.2018 until 04.2020 - 1 years and 5 months

Program Analyst Sacramento, CA  Prepare complex progress and pipeline reports to track and analyze weekly, quarterly, and annual performance. Communicate grant and transaction data and documentation requirements to team and leadership.  Conduct market research for clients by using export data to identify potential markets for clients' products or services.

U.S. Commercial Service/U.S. Embassy in Mexico City - 06.2018 until 08.2018 - 2 months

Intenrnational Trade Student Intern Mexico City, MX  Calculate trade statistics in support of the publication of the Mexican Country Commercial Guide, forecasting the market growth for the electricity sector. Collect and analyze regulatory, statistical, and market information from various information sources.  Conduct outreach for trade shows and seminars. Calling and emailing Mexican business executives. Prepare promotional and briefing materials in standard business English and Spanish.

U.S. Commercial Service/U.S. Export Assistance Center - 10.2017 until 04.2018 - 6 months

International Trade Assistant Sacramento, CA  Research and analyze information relevant to trade, export credit and finance, and global trends (i.e., conduct market, country, and topical analysis) and other influencing factors.  Support the planning of international strategies for Northern California businesses. Assist with trade seminar development, trade show certification, and current international projects.

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