Latin American Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (LAVCA)


Networking and Growth

The Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA) is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to supporting the growth of the private equity and venture capital industry in Latin America.

LAVCA’s membership is comprised of over 160 firms, from leading global investment firms active in the region to local fund managers from Mexico to Argentina. Member firms control assets in excess of 60 billion dollars, directed at capitalizing and growing Latin American businesses.

LAVCA also collaborates with a range of partner organizations dedicated to developing the industry through capacity building, entrepreneurship, and social enterprise.

Mission and History

The mission of the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA) is to spur regional economic growth by advancing venture capital and private equity investment. This is accomplished through programs of research, networking, investor education, the promotion of best investment practices, and the advocacy of sound public policy.

LAVCA was founded in 2002 with support from the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), and Development Capital Networks (DCN), an organization dedicated to supporting development associations and entrepreneurial networks. More recently, the Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF) and the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) have provided support to LAVCA. LAVCA is led by a board of directors which is largely comprised of fund managers from the region.


Title: Director of Communications

Caitlin Mitchell

Director of Communications

Caitlin Mitchell is LAVCA’s Director of Communications. In this role, she is responsible for working with the organization’s executive team to design and implement media relations, strategic partnerships, and communication with key constituents and members.

Prior to joining LAVCA, Caitlin was most recently a Senior Account Manager at Financial PR agency Cognito where she supported clients such as Citigroup, Nomura Research Institute, and IMN to develop global PR and marketing strategies. Caitlin has also previously worked at Prosek Partners working with firms including Franklin Templeton and Jefferies. Throughout her career she has contributed to long-term and short-term media relations campaigns that result in significant print and video coverage in outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, New York Times, CNBC, Barron’s, USA Today, Institutional Investor, Forbes, American Banker, etc.

Caitlin is an experienced media trainer and is a member of the Financial Communications Society New York Chapter. She has a Bachelors in Public Relations with a Minor in Business Marketing from the State University of New York at Fredonia and has completed Securities Industry and Series 7 training courses.

Caitlin is currently studying Spanish and was previously an ESL teacher in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Contact Details

589 Eighth Avenue, 18th floor
New York New York - 10018
United States
Contact Person:
Caitlin Mitchell
Director of Communications
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