Humberto Camarena

Senior Consultant

Washington, D.C.

Humberto (he/him) is a strategic problem-solver able to successfully manage and accomplish aggressive goals under time and resource constraints. His work has been firmly rooted in social justice, spanning a wide range of social issues and solutions in the U.S. and Latin America. Through his consulting and technical assistance, he promotes a focus on universal design to ensure an inclusive and intersectional approach that responds to the rights of women, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ community, racial minorities, and other marginalized groups.

Humberto brings to La Piana his expertise in building social innovation potential, ambition in mobilizing new strategic orientations, and persistent optimism in the social sector’s ability to generate equitable systematic change. His work has been centered on promoting the development of new high-impact programs within nonprofits by integrating approaches from design, engineering, business and the arts.

Humberto worked previously as the Assistant Director of the Center for Social Innovation at Boston College and the Head of Extension and Continuing Education for the School of Social Work at Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile. His work as an academic has centered on building the innovation capacity of future leaders to tackle emerging social issues through projects, courses, seminars, and mentoring. In addition to assisting students and civil society organizations in cultivating their potential, Humberto has created, developed, and implemented social impact projects and co-authored a book, Innovation from Within: Redefining How Nonprofits Solve Problems, published with Oxford University Press.

He has also served in various program roles with ChildFund International, Samaritan House, Aurora Mental Health Center, and Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition.

Humberto has an MBA from Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in Santiago, Chile; a Master of Social Work from Boston College; and a BS in Biology from DePaul University. He is based in Washington, DC.