Christina Rodriguez Laskowski is a business strategy and operations executive and advisor to early stage companies and leading brands. She partners with internal teams at leading companies to help manage change driven by organizational strategic initiatives. She is also a startup advocate advising and coaching founders and entrepreneurs. Her background includes 16 years as a boutique investment and M&A banker to consumer, technology and biotech companies. She began her career in equity research as a member of the founding branded consumer research team at Hambrecht & Quist, one of the original premier boutique investment banks in San Francisco. Christina received her BS Finance from the University of San Francisco and joins her alma mater this Fall as an adjunct professor in the MS Entrepreneurship and Innovation program.
Christina is actively engaged in the community as an officer and advisor to various non-profit organizations. She serves as President of STAC (Science & Technology Advisory Council) Silicon Valley, a 501(c)3 focused on strengthening tech ecosystem collaboration between Silicon Valley, the Philippines and ASEAN region. In 2010, Christina presented a five year strategic plan to the Philippines President outlining steps to cultivate an entrepreneurial ecosystem that would promote self sufficiency and investment in local talent, reverse the brain drain and improve the quality of lives of talented Filipinos whose opportunities were confined to overseas work. The plan’s blueprint serves as the framework for the Philippines startup ecosystem today. Key results include private sector engagement with the launch of the first three corporate seed funds –Ideaspace, Kickstart Ventures and Wireless Wings — by SMART Communications, Globe Telecom and Novare Technologies, respectively in 2012; global recognition of the Philippines as a meaningful participant in the developing regional ecosystem; and a partnership with the Global Entrepreneurship Program an initiative of the US Department of State. Importantly, STAC SV’s work resulted in a platform for hundreds of founders to start their own business and pursue their dreams in their home country. Approximately $42 million in early stage funding found its way into the Philippines between 2012 and 2015.
Her work with STAC has led to invitations to assist other non-profit organizations with their strategic goals. In 2018 Christina joined the Bataan Legacy Historical Society as an advisor. In 2017, she joined the board of FYLPRO (Filipino Young Leaders Professionals), a non-profit founded in 2012 by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs; and the advisory board of SFAsia (San Francisco Office of Economic Development.) In 2015, she joined the core team of The Hinabi Project, an initiative focused on sustaining the livelihood and craft of master weavers in the Philippines. Previously, Christina was regional board member to Women’s Initiative for Self Employment (now Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center), a non-profit focused on transitioning women from welfare to self–employment and an advisory board member to the Center for Employment Training (CET).
In addition to non-profit work, she also mentors and coaches students and is a mentor to UC Berkeley’s FASTER program, LEAD Filipino and on occasion to Google Launchpad (APEC focused) via Manila Valley.
While living in Marin County, Christina was an active volunteer parent in the classroom, PTA and on field trips with Rancho Elementary School and River Montessori Charter School. She joined the PTA of the local high school where she served as Chair of the College Night program and editor of the college resource newsletter for two years. Her most rewarding contribution was in 2011 when she launched a newly designed College Night program. It was the most successful college night the school hosted with more than 200 parent and student attendees who came away empowered with the necessary knowledge about their options and how to best prepare for selecting and paying for college.
She currently resides in Redwood City with her family and volunteers at Our Lady of Mount Carmel school and mentors students at dTech Highschool.
100 Most Influential Filipinas in America – Pioneer Category, April 2011
Balik (Return) Scientist Awardee, Grant ftom Philippine Department of Science and Technology, July 2010
Order of the Golden Heart, Rank of the Grand Officer Conferred by Philippine President, April 2010
Contributor, Speaker & Panelist
Stanford University’s US-Asia Technology Management Lecture Series, May 2016 and May 2018
SEA Connect (Monks Hill Ventures), April 2017
SF Center for Economic Development Compass Series, March 2017
Berkeley-HAAS Asia Business Conference, February 2016
Semi-Finalist Judge, Global Social Venture Conference at UC Berkeley, April 2015
Mentor and Speaker, Geeks on a Beach Conference, 2013-2015