Mario Avila


Mario serves as CEO of Emerge and leads the strategic vision, mission and social impact of the organization. His management experience includes finance, education and consulting in three different countries.

Most recently, he was the founder and CEO of Contigo Financial, an online socially-responsible consumer lender. He was a Fellow of Vanderbilt University’s Cal Turner program for Moral Leadership and helped develop a hybrid housing-microfinance model in Central America. Mario serves on various boards including the Nashville Social Enterprise Alliance and is Chairman of Bank On Music City.

He earned an AB from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Vanderbilt University where he served as class President.

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